The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 7
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a monk, there are three minor plots tied loosely to the main
aotio.ru The love story of Agues and Don Raymond is connected
to the mala plot through the ©outeat at Madrid# Here, where
Agnes is an unwilling nun, Ambrosio discovers her guilt,
connecting her with Don Raymond, While Agnes is Imprisoned
here, Ambrosio completes the ruin, even the death of his own
sister and tola o? n downfall* The stories of the Bleeding Man
and the Wandering Jew, Ahasuerus, are attached to the Raymond
and Agnes story. Other typifying elements in The Monk are
very noticeable. Characters are scattered to many places and
their relationship is concealed. Ambrosio is of unknown
parentage, while Antonia and Slvira have no relations or friends.
Ambrosie's parentage is not revealed until the prince of darkness
is preparing to kill the monk. Ambrosio had poisoned his
widowed mother and dishonored and killed his sister.^
Following the pattern of the Gothic novel in arousing
suspense and inspiring terror, The Monk employs imprisonment,
unidentified relations, seduction, incest, robberies, murder,
melodramatic rescue, prolonged flight, romantic love, insanity,
capture by bandit, and supernatural visitation, all the elements
considered necessary for the Gothic novel.*7
Settings for the action of a Gothic novel had definite,
stereotyped patterns as did the plots. If the story took place
l6K, G. Lewis, The Monk. Vol. 1 and 2.
•^Railo, oj>. oit., pp. 1-327.
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