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The term Gothic conjures up images of frightened women graveyards and haunted castles in the mist popular settings for horror films But is this what Gothic means The Oxford Companion to English Literature defines Gothic as Tales of the macabre fantastic and supernatural usually set amid haunted castles graveyards ruins and wild picturesque landscapes Drabble 405 Furthermore according to the Oxford Companion Gothic tales reached the height of their considerable fashion in the 1790s and the early years of the 19th century Drabble 406 It becomes obvious that Gothic is a literary term which describes a particular type of story and atmospheric surrounding In so doing it establishes a contrast between darkness and light which evokes a sinister irony In such tales darkness often prevails and according to literary scholars elevated these horror stories into Gothic sublime Bernstein 333 Specifically the Gothic sublime symbolizes a black hole which finally absorbs history into its own emptiness Bernstein 333 Gothic fiction is quite simply man taking a walk on the dark sideThere is undeniably no novel which epitomizes the popular Gothic structure more than Mary Wollstonecraft Shelleys early 19th-century masterpiece Frankenstein actually entitled Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus According to Greek mythology Prometheus is a hero who steals fire from the heavens to serve man but he is ultimately punished by the mighty Zeus who chains him to a rock where a vulture feasts on his liver Inexplicably however the liver grows back each night This reference abounds with Gothic possibilities which Mary Shelley was no doubt aware She was long a fan of Gothic tales and it was a night of story-telling in a Geneva castle which inspired her story As she herself recalled in her introduction to Frankenstein The season was cold and rainy and in the evenings we crowded around a blazing wood fire and occasionally amused ourselves with some German stories of ghosts which happened to fall into our hands These tales excited
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