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  1. English gothic literature
  2. Summary The Architectural Structures
  3. Architectural Description as a Depiction of Wealth
  4. The House as a Source of Pain and Suffering
  5. Conclusion

English gothic literature is dominated by the sub genres of horror, fiction, and romanticism. On evaluating whether a piece of literature is gothic or not, it requires one to evaluate the presence and meaning of some gothic literature elements. These elements include the presence of evil, castles, damsel in distress, and mystery that combine to form an environment of a haunted place. This paper will compare two English gothic stories with the intention of showing how the element of the haunted house or other architectural structures are used in the two pieces of gothic literature.

The first story is the ?Dracula? written by Bram Stoker in 1897, and the second one is ?Barbara of the House of Grebe? written by Thomas Hardy in 1890. The paper will first provide a summary of the plot to provide an understanding of the subgenre of gothic literature used in each story. Then the paper will analyze the architectural structures found in the stories, evaluating them for meaning, and importance in the development of the plot. The paper contends that depending on the subgenre of the gothic literature, architectural structures present different meanings and importance that are critical to the development of the plot.

[...] She begs Lord Uplandtowers to remove the statue and later becomes a loving wife. While the plot summary of Hardy's gothic is one of the romanticism genres, Stoker's ?Dracula? is quite a different genre. The story starts with an account of Jonathan Harker's travel to Count Dracula's castle, which is a vampires' castle. The struggle against the vampires led to the killing of some of his friends and the near death experiences of his wife Mina. This is a horror gothic literature depicted by vampires and haunted castles. [...]


[...] The paper will first provide a summary of the plot to provide an understanding of the subgenre of gothic literature used in each story. Then the paper will analyze the architectural structures found in the stories, evaluating them for meaning, and importance in the development of the plot. The paper contends that depending on the subgenre of the gothic literature, architectural structures present different meanings and importance that are critical to the development of the plot. Summary Thomas Hardy's gothic narration of ?Barbara of the House of Grebe? depicts the story of a young man from a royal family Lord Uplandtowers, who decides to marry a young beautiful lady Barbara, a daughter of a rich man called Sir John Grebe (Hardy 40). [...]


[...] The Architectural Structures Architectural structures play an important role in gothic literature. In the castle of Count Dracula is significant in the development of the story (Stoker 8). The story starts as Jonathan Harker makes his way to the castle. The warning he gets evinces the dangers expected in the castle (Stoker 12). Despite the warnings, Jonathan continues with his journey to a castle where he finds Count Dracula and later realizes that he has been made a prisoner in the castle. [...]

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