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Gothic Literature Gothic Romantic and Enlightenment periods are all have differences in the way the author writes Gothic writing however is a major shift in how a person looks at the human race and its qualities A dictionary definition of Gothic states that it is an artistic style or movement of the 18th and 19th centuries inspired by and imitative of the Gothic style especially in architecture httpwwwm-wcomcgi-bindictionary My definition of Gothic writing is a style of writing popular in the late 18th century which produced stories set in lonely frightening places with ruined castles haunted graveyards eerie noises and other things of this nature Gothic literature also tries to play on paranoia and the dark side of the mind evil things such as the old mans eye Gothic literature was born in 1764 when Horace Walpole published The Castle of Otrantowwnortoncom which is considered to be the first gothic novel ever written Many gothic writers were to come after him Most notably Edgar Allen Poe Gothic literature was originally written as a reaction to the age of reason order and the politics of eighteenth-century England Containing anti-Catholic sentiments and mythical aspects Gothic literature explored the tension between what we fear and what we desire The stories were usually set in some kind of castle or old building that showed human decay and created an atmosphere of mystery and suspense The words chosen in these novels and short stories were very descriptive creating emotion and often feelings of gloom and horror Also within the plot some sort of ancient prophecy along with omens visions and death could usually be found The most important elements to the structure of gothic literature however are supernatural and unexplainable events Supernatural and unexplainable events are very important to the plot of a gothic story Often they act as the backbone of the plot and much of the story rests upon them In Edgar Allen Poes work they act as
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