Which definitionof "a gothic novel" do you think is the best for the story we have read? Say why. - Literature
1. European Romantic, pseudo-medieval fiction with a prevailing atmosphere of mystery and terror. Such novels were often set in castles or monasteries equipped with subterranean passages, dark battlements, and hidden panels, and they had plots involving ghosts, madness, outrage, superstition, and revenge.
2. Gothic novel or Gothic romance, a story of terror and suspense, usually set in a gloomy old castle or monastery (hence ‘Gothic’, a term applied to medieval architecture and thus associated in the 18th century with superstition).
3. It is a type of novel that flourished in the late 18th and early 19th cent. in England. Gothic romances were mysteries, often involving the supernatural and heavily tinged with horror, and they were usually set against dark backgrounds of medieval ruins and haunted castles.
4. Characteristics of gothic stories:
An atmosphere of gloom, terror, or mystery.
Elements of the uncanny (unheimlich) that challenge reality, including mysterious events .
An exotic setting isolated in time or space from contemporary life, often a ruined mansion or castle. 
Events, often violent or macabre, that cannot be hidden or rationalized despite the efforts of the narrator.
A disturbed or unnatural relation between the orders of things that are usually separate, such as life and death, good and evil, dream life and reality, or rationality and madness.
A hidden or double reality beneath the surface of what at first appears to be a single narrative.

5/19/2010 07:37:12 am

I think the fourth definition is the most suitable for this story, because other definitions include romances of castles. Also it is very good explained the part of the characteristics of gothic stories; they are gloomy, terrorific and mysterious.

Gitika Manwani
5/20/2010 09:41:25 am

I think,as Juan Pablo said, the fourth definition is the best one that describes how was this gothic story.The first one was also a possibility, but after I read the fourth one, it is more relationed to the story.

valentin tear bieri
5/20/2010 12:19:50 pm

I tink the both have reason and i´am with them.

Pedro Nardi
5/25/2010 09:26:50 am

I also think like them who is the fourth option because it speaks of an atmosphere of gloom, horror, or mystery, etc...

5/30/2010 10:49:19 am

I think that the fourth one is correct because it is the most acurate and the most complete

Diogenes Dietrich
6/1/2010 10:49:03 am

I believe the fourth one is the best option because it describes the correct details of the type of story we have read (including the examples, such as a ruin mansion, a gloomy/terror/mystery atmosphere, etc).

6/2/2010 02:35:58 am

i think the fourth is the best option because it has all the characteristics of the story.

Camii Cincunegui
6/2/2010 10:18:56 am

well, I thing that the most suitable of all the definitions is the number 4. because it has all the caracteristics of the story.

6/10/2010 06:42:48 am

i agree whith juan pablo it gives a terrorific scene which makes it more gothic whith the architecture of the epoque


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