Prof. Westengard | O628 | Fall 2022

Blog 6

The gothic characteristics presented in Coraline is the presence of supernatural beings as the ghost children and he presence of the other world. Another characteristic of gothic literature that is shown in Coraline is others perception of insanity. One similarity between Coraline and The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether is that both protagonists enters a space where the people they were introduced to weren’t who they anticipated. When Coraline first enters the Other world, it seems like a dream come true and a pleasant alternative to the world she live with her real mother. After some time, she realizes that the other mother had evil intentions and wanted her for herself. The protagonist in The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether, thought he was meeting the superintendent of the mad house to speak on the system in place. He was introduced to the superintendents companions and believed that they were sane. After having dinner with the party, he realized that the companions and Monsieur Millard were all mad and managed to lock up the keepers in a rebellion.

There was a part in Coraline when she was trying to explain her issues and the other world to Wybie, he called her crazy and left because what she was saying seemed like it couldn’t have been true. This strongly reminded me of the Vampyre when Aubrey tried to warn his sister against Lord Ruthven but couldn’t say so explicitly because he was bound by a promise. He was seen by his sister and the guardians as unwell, and no one believed him.  Another similarity is of Coraline and The Cask of Amontillado. The narrator in the Cask of Amontillado lured Fortunato with something that interested him. He knew that Fortunato would want to inspect the Amontillado because he was a wine connoisseur and enjoyed such things. The Other mother used a similar strategy with Coraline. She used the idea of a more colorful life, a nicer mother, and nicer things to keep her visiting the other world. I think through the characteristic of a supernatural parallel universe, there is this message of not everything that glitters is gold. Coraline looked at the other world and because it was more fun, and she got the things that she wanted, and she thought it was better than the world she lived in. In reality, the other world was an illusion made by the Other Mother to devour her soul.


  1. Dolma Tsering

    Hi Rebecca, I agree with your similarities, similar situation that happened in Vampyre was when Ianthe and her family were trying to warn Aubrey about Vampyres.

  2. Elliot Currence

    Hi, Rebecca. The similarities you wrote about between Coraline and Cask of Amontillado were really interesting. I like how you compared what he did to what the Beldam did.

  3. Erika Gissel Naranjo

    Hi Rebecca,

    Nice catch with comparing Coralines conversation with Wybie to Aubrey’s attempt to warn his sister about Lord Ruthven.

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