Please read this glossary carefully, and aim to use the key terms and concepts as you begin to write your first essay.
Have a look at the summary of the Tristan and Isolde story.
Now listen to the Liebestod. What emotions are conveyed?
Stretch yourselves! These clips from expert academics will give you a sophisticated understanding of key elements of Gothic literature:
What connections can you make between this article and The Bloody Chamber?
Have a look at this article on The Bloody Chamber in The Guardian. Why do you think Carter is still being written about today?
Home Learning: Please us the EMC short clips to make detailed notes under the following headings:
Horror and Terror
Life and Death;
The Past and Inheritance;
Pre-lesson questions on “The Lady of the House of Love”
- What are the Gothic elements on p1?
- How is the Lady characterised in the opening 2 pages of the short story?
- How is the young man characterised on p12?
- What is the symbolism of the rose in this story?
- How does the story present a contrast between the rational and illogical?
Preparation Questions, Due Thursday 5th November.
Please annotate your novels, or take notes on paper, in response to these questions on Chapters I-V. We will be sharing our interpretations on Thursday.
- How is family life presented (including female characters)?
- What is Shelley suggesting when she tells us that Elizabeth’s “hair was the brightest living gold…a crown of distinction on her head”?
- What is suggested when Frankenstein states “the world was to me a secret which I desired to divine” and “it was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn”? What other language around knowledge can you find?
- What is the thematic importance of the death of Frankenstein’s mother?
- Do we learn anything about Frankenstein’s sexuality in Chapter 3?
- What is the significance of Frankenstein’s description of his two professors? (Chapter 3)
- How is the relationship between man and nature presented in Chapter 3?
- After hearing Waldman’s lecture, what is the significance of Frankenstein’s reaction? (p49)
- How is Frankenstein’s experiment presented in Chapter 4 (I’m looking for more than one way)?
- In Chapter IV, how is Frankenstein presented as the monster’s double?
- What does Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation reveal?
Read these 2 short texts, which will give you a sense of contemporary views about the roles of women:
As promised, a link to some interesting material for you to watch on the Supernatural in Macbeth:
Another glossary of gothic terms – worth using as part of your revision:
BLOODY CHAMBER – Helen Simpson on Angela Carter: