Elements of Gothic Literature

Elements of Gothic Literature

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  • Setting and Atmosphere
  • A Gothic Protagonist
  • Emotions Run High 
  • The setting is a secret room "Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived  a still interior crypt or recess...for no special use..." Pg 5 This is a secret room room in the catacombs of the castle where Fortunato got buried alive and most of the story takes place
  • loser
  • The protagonist is very emotionally cut off "The Montresors, were a great and numerous family"Pg 3 This shows that he was emotional cut off because he doesn't have any family left and he is only talking to a dead man bout it
  • The story shows a very heightened sense of drama "I had fettered him to the granite." Pg 5 This shows that Montresor is being very aggressive towards Fortunato
  • How long have you had that cough?
  • There is an ancient curse lingering in the air "Nemo me impune lacessit" Pg 4 No one attacks me without impunity is what the quote means and Montresor is saying this to curse fortunato for what he is about to do to fortunato. 
  • Nemo me impune lacessit
  • The motto?
  • There is decay in people  "We passed through long walls of piled skeletons" Pg 4 This shows that there is decayed/dead people in the story.
  • There are unexplained manifestations "how long have you had that cough... Ugh, Ugh,Ugh,Ugh,Ugh..." Pg 3 This shows a manifestation because as soon as he said how long have you had that cough he starts to cough.
  • Ugh, Ugh, Ugh ,Ugh, Ugh, Ugh
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