Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:32 pm
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I am working on an assessed essay for my "Roots of Gothic" module. There's a choice of only four questions. I'm choosing between two, one on guilt, and one which is worded as follows:

Using evidence from TWO texts on the module, suggest a range of characteristics that might be appropriate to a ‘Gothic’ setting.

How can I address this question while avoiding making it a simple list of things (ruined castle - check, atmospheric weather conditions - check, secret passages - check...)? How can I make it an argument, ideally with something approaching a proper thesis-antithesis-synthesis structure? And would you include items like "distressed heroine", "illicit sexual desires" and "evil monk" in "Gothic setting", or just landscape/weather/buildings?

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