The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 13
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He Is not a young, Inexperienced saint pre-
served from temptations, but a person long hardened
la the ways of crime and vice, alarmingly gifted
and strenuous. hypocritical, unfeeling and merciless.
It was impossible for Mrs. Radcliffe to write a
novel dealing with eroti© straylngs, and so such
ains were relegated to the ©.oak*a past, and a dark
mystery in that line only hinted at with faint
Ann Radcliffe raised the type of criminal monk into perhaps
greater prominence than it had been brought by Lewis; both re-
tained their suggestive power, and it was within the ©harmed
circle of this power that Msturia began his literary activity.
His first novel, The Fatal Revenue, rises frasa the romanticism
of Ann Radcliffe, and its chief character, the object of
greatest interest to the author, is the pseudo-monk:, Schemoli.
The book is a complete arsenal of romantic terror, in which
the whole v/alpole-Radcliff e-Eeeve battery of themes has been
conscientiously assembled, Increased and developed both in
extent and suggestive atmosphere. The basis of JUabrosio's
actions was erotic passion, that of Schedoni congenital wicked-
ness; the origin of Schemoli*s activity is the lust for revenge
stirred up by a wrong done to an Innocent woman.
Jfext to the monk as examples of horror and cruelty are
the nbluebeard baron" and the cruel abbess, both of whom create
terrible predicaments for the innocent victims, usually the
hero and the heroine* The baron seduces the heroine or forces
her into a marriage without love. The abbess keeps the unfor-
tunate girl hidden behind gloomy convent walls. These helpless
victims suffer physical and mental agony,
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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/m1/16/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .