The word “gothic” is not all about black clothes and noir looks, as the present day, so-called, “pop-culture” has led us to believe. There has been, and still is a time when the word “gothic” illustrates a combination of horror, death and sometimes, romance.
Gothic literature has been a vital part of that. Gothic literature is not a new concept; it has been around for quite a considerable number of centuries; right from the time when Mary Shelley wrote “Frankenstein” in 1818 to Stephen King and even, Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; these are some of the classic and one of the oldest examples of gothic literature, which we enjoy reading even today. Moreover, a lot of inspirational writing such as Jean Rhys’ “Wide Sargasso Sea and also Iris Murdoch’s “The Sea, the sea” follows the gothic style in some parts.
The gothic style of writing has a wide readership, probably because of the interesting plot twists and the all the gore and death which keep its readers engrossed. The queen of crime “Agatha Christie” too takes the help of gothic elements of murder and mystery to bring life to her novels.
Gothic literature is a whole new genre of literature in itself, and has been leaving its imprints of inspiration in a lot of works of other novels. To consider a few examples, Jane Eyre being a novel of romance and patriarchy, in the Victorian era, has splashes of gothic literature in the form of Bertha Mason; while “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley falls entirely into the gothic genre of literature.
Also, gothic literature has led critics and readers alike to delve into a new world of literary genre to satiate their passions and desires for gory fiction. Gothic literature has given us a refreshed outlook on the gory and the morbid, away from the romance and the tragedy and the futile laughs of the comedies of life.