The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 12
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ijnd given greater effectivity by real adventures, the chief
feature of which is a perpetual flight from persecutors In
cirouaatances of great romanticism and terror* Whet makes
the persecution and hairbreadth ©scapes of the romantic maiden
interesting to the student of literature is that, as a factor
of exciteasent added to the plot, they point the way to a
novel of excitement, and can for this reason fee regarded as
constituting a practically new invention of great vitality.30
The character contrasting to the virtuous heroine Is the
demon-woman# tike the heroine, the demon-woman 1® accomplished,
but she is a beautiful, passionate, depraved person whose role
it is to win the hero from the one he loves. If her plots
fail, she falls into passionate rages, but she is the perfect
heroine until her victim is securely in her power.
Next to the villainous tyrant is the criminal monk, a
character created by the antagonism of Protestant countries
toward the papacy.31 Lewis's Ambrosio is depicted with
"aquiline nose, large, black, sparkling eyes, and dark brows
Joined almost together, the burning, piercing glance that few
could withstand.*• 32 previously recounted, the monk Borders
his mother and seduces and murders his sister.
Ann R«dallff«*s Father Sohedoni in The Italian is conceived
differently from Ambrosio.
3°Ibid.. p. 43. 31Ibid>. p. 173,
32Ibld.. p. 174.
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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/m1/15/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .