Gothic Elements

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Gothic Elements by Mind Map: Gothic Elements

1. Suicide

1.1. "At these moments I often endeavored to put an end to the existence I loathed, and it required unceasing attendance and vigilance to restrain me from committing some dreadful act of violence."

2. Birth of a creature

2.1. "A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me, its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy demon, to whom I had given life"

2.2. "His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath, his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness, but these luxuriance's only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same color as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips."

3. Outskirt

3.1. "indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification. Alas! I did not yet entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable deformity."

3.2. "I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome, I was not even of the same nature as man. I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet, I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs. When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?"

4. Murder

4.1. " strangled, for there was no sign of any violence except the black mark of fingers on his neck."

4.2. “William is dead!—that sweet child, whose smiles delighted and warmed my heart, who was so gentle, yet so gay! Victor, he is murdered!"

4.3. "I called myself the murderer of William, of Justine"