Throughout this semester, we have read a number of gothic texts with many similarities in different ways. Each text we’ve read has something in common one way or another. These readings are The Castle of Otranto, Carmilla, The Vampyre, and The Cask Of Amontillado. Throughout these readings, I’ve noticed that most, if not all, these readings consist of death and some form of hierarchy. The Vampyre, Cask of Amontillado, and The Castle of Otranto end with at least one character dead. In The Castle Of Otranto, Manfred sees Theodore in the church with who he thinks is Isabella, but is actually Matilda, and accidentally kills her. In The Vampyre, Aubrey dies soon after sending a letter to his sister’s guardians, but it does not get there quick enough. Lord Ruthven kills her, draining her of her blood and is nowhere to be found. In Cask of Amontillado, the narrator ends up entrapping his “friend” Fortunato behind a brick wall, leaving him for dead. I have also noticed that in most stories, there is a form of hierarchy where the story takes place. In other words, There is an individual who is of higher power that has the respect of everyone around them. For example, in The Cask Of Amontillado, Fortunato is a man who everyone respects. The narrator states “He had a weak point – this Fortunato – although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared”. In addition to this, Manfred in The Castle Of Otranto was a prince and was highly respected by everyone. Individuals called him “your highness” or “My Lord”.
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