Elements of Gothic Literature

Elements of Gothic Literature

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  • Setting and Atmosphere  (Dungeons and secret rooms)
  • The Amontillado is in there!
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  • A Gothic Protagonist ( cut off from the people around him)
  • you?, Impossible!, A Mason?
  • Emotions Run High (Includes Murder)
  • "Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of bones, we perceived a still interior crypt or recess... for no especial use..." (Poe 5)  The secret room is the grave that Montresor makes for Fortunato 
  • Foreboding (Ancient Curses)
  • "you?, Impossible!, A Mason?" (Poe 4)  Montresor is cut off from the masons because he is not a member
  • Decay (Formerly Great Family)
  • "In pace requiescat!"(Poe 7) Fortunato's grave lays undisturbed
  • Supernatural (Unexplained Manifestations)
  • What about the amontillado!!!
  • "Nemo me impune lacesit" (Poe 4) Montresor's coat of arms predicts that he will get retribution
  • "Were  a great and numerous family" (Poe 3) Montresor's past was as great a Fortunato's present
  • Montresor
  • Montresor
  • "I discovered the intoxication of Fortunato ... had worn off"(Poe 6) Fortunato's intoxication wears off suddenly with no explanation
  • Retribution is mine
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