The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 10
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abbesses, bluebeard barons, tyrannical parents, sorceresses,
Tli® ohief character la fib® Sastl® of Otranto la Manfred,
of whom a dark and forbidding pioture Is given, who is not the
rightful heir to Otranto and whose secret agony makes him the
luokless hero of the tragedy of destiny*
Ann Radoliffe* a tyrants are like Manfred, although the
motives behind their deeds are often more insignificant.
Montoni, the lord of Udolpho, is her oharaotar who is best
adapt#d to awaken interest, and the one for whom the author
has the greatest affection.2**'
In contrast to the tyrants with their dark passions and
gloom is the hero with his "sunny humanity, and joyous outlook,
coupled with outward beauty."25 He is innocent, regarding
the world with open and candid gaze. Theodore, the hero of
Walpole*s story, is a peasant who rises to increasing importance
as he falls in love with Manfred*s daughter and saves Isabella
from insult. He resembles the portrait of his ancestor Alfonso
which depicts "a lovely prince, with large black eyes, a smooth
white forehead and manly curling looks like Jet."2^ With this
description the outward appearance of the romantic h#ro was
established once and for all.
2^Ibid., p. 31. 2^Railo, oj>. clt., p. 30.
2gIbld.. p. 38. 26Ibld.. p. 39.
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Cannon, Willie Jim. The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown, thesis, 1950; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc130235/m1/13/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .