Gothic Elements In Jane Austen's Persuasion

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Large castles, elevated arches, and the sublime essence of nature. These are a few characteristic that come to mind when met with the word gothic. Gothic refers to the time period after the French revolution around the late 28th century to 19th century. It was used to describe architecture, culture, and most importantly literature. Gothic literature reflected the physical aspect of the word and internalized it in prose form. It typically includes elements of the gloom, fantasy, romance, mystery and supernatural, placing the reader in interesting situations and settings. The main elements of Gothic that will be discussed are women vs. men, mystery/suspense and setting. In the novel, Persuasion written by Jane Austen, the setting takes place in Kellynch Hall, Upper cross Manor, Lyme, and Bath. The setting follows Anne Elliot 's movements from the country to Lyme and finally joining her father and sister in Bath. Around the early 1800’s,the family lived in huge…show more content…
The setting was in Geneva; the Swiss Alps; Ingolstadt; England and Scotland; the northern ice during the eighteen century. This is a very cold, isolated, and remote area. This novel makes a lot of reference to nature and takes place in open woods or at the ending takes place in the open glaciers. The sublime aspect falls into the setting. When the monster kills William and Justine, Victor was filled with depression. Victor heads to the mountains to lift his spirits and experience a spiritual renewal looking at the atmosphere around him. Likewise, after a hellish winter of cold and abandonment, the monster feels his heart lighten as spring arrives. Also at the end of the novel as Victor chases the monster obsessively, into an Arctic desert, where the monster finds him dead. This icy white setting should represent a beauty yet deserted lonely place which represents the heart of both Frankenstein and the

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