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Wieland Analysis

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The Significance of Female Identity within Gothic Literature through Clara, Catherine and Judith In Charles Brocken Browns novel Wieland, he presents us with two obvious themes in his novel Wieland, one being gender and the other gothic and when reading, one can identify with female identity when reading it through a gothic lens because of how many perspectives Brown offers the reader to see through. Brown presents women in a way that often changes the reader’s perception of the women characters through gothic reading. We find when reading Wieland, women are presented as maternal figures, supernatural creatures, and objects of desire. It is the transition and mesh of these stereotypes that make the reading quite interesting. Brown allows the female characters to break away from the stereotypical limits through fantasy, ventriloquism, darkness, and suspense throughout the plot and we can see this most accurately through Clara’s character. The female characters in Wieland’s gothic novel are presented as victims or gateway characters that lead to the victim, either way, Brown did not present them as predators. Clara Wieland is often seen as a strong character but she is nonetheless a victim in the novel. Catherine is considered a meek, proper women while both Teresa and Judith were merely patsies to the predator, allowing access to Clara. Theresa’s voice is replicated by the predator, assumedly Carwin. Judith’s is used by Carwin in order to get to the victim, Clara. These female roles are often seen in Gothic Literature. Brown seemed to have blurred the lines of female characters who seem either unreliable, undeveloped, or absent yet relevant within the story. This may have been to add depth to the story by making the reader feel un... ... middle of paper ... ...learly never under estimated. By presenting two obvious themes in Browns novel Wieland, one being gender and the other gothic and when reading, one can identify with many types of female identities when reading it through a gothic lens because of how many perspectives Brown offers the reader to see. Brown presents women in a way that often changes the reader’s perception of the women characters through gothic reading. So after reading Wieland, women are presented as maternal figures, supernatural creatures, and objects of desire. It is the transition and mesh of these stereotypes that make the reading quite interesting. Brown allows the female characters to break away from the stereotypical limits through fantasy, ventriloquism, darkness, and suspense throughout the plot and we can see this most accurately through many of the female characters throughout the novel.
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