Elements of Gothic Literature

Elements of Gothic Literature

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emily henderson english period 7

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  • Setting and Atmosphere
  • A Gothic Protagonist
  • Emotions Run High
  • This story uses dungeons/secret rooms.  Montresor digs a hole in the wall to use as Fortunato's grave.  "Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of bones, we perceived a still interior crypt or recess...for no especial use..." (Poe 5)
  • Foreboding
  • Nemo me impune lacessit.
  • Montresor is emotionally cut off from the people around him, and he is jealous of Fortunato's social status.  "You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was."  (Poe 3)
  • Decay
  • This story features a murder where Montresor murders Fortunato.  "For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them."  (Poe 7)
  • The Supernatural
  • This story has an ancient curse in it. The curse is the code of arms' motto.  "Nemo me inpune lacessit." (Poe 4)
  • This story has a decay in a formerly great family.  "The Montresors were a great and numerous family." (Poe 3)  The quote tells the reader that the Montresors were once as great and rich as Fortunado.
  • The story has a manifestation in Montresor.  The manifestation is that Montresor can think about nothing other than killing Fortunado.  "THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.
  • I WILL kill Fortunato
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