The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 33
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Particularly in Ormond does Brown imitate Ann Hadcliff«*a
heroines. Incidents are profuse which evoke the emotions of
terror or pity, Oonatantia Dudley is maneuvered into all the
distressful circumstances possible, not so much by means of
supernatural inoidents but by oommonplace occurrences, making
life almost unbearable. They include epidemlo disease,
imprisonment, fraud, counterfeiting, false doctrines, and
threats of ravishment. Brown*s descriptions, his use of the
sex motif, and the melodramatic ending follow the pattern of
Smily and Constantia are oast in the same mold*
Both are victims of oircumstanoe; both are in poverty.
Both are betrayed by seeming benefactors. Both are
creatures of reason and do not yield to their emotions.
Both are educated by their fathers in the ©lassies*
Both are sweet and brave with souls of fortitude.
No obstacle or sorrow is sufficiently great to daunt
them. Both prefer death to a stained reputation.
In Ormond the emphasis on sex occurs not merely
through the several scenes of seduction, but it is
pervasive throughout the analysis of the fundamental
psychology of the characters.*7
Even though Brown lacks Le'.vis*s reckless mendaolty, there
are noticeable resemblances of his novels to The Monk, which
is not so much a novel of suspense depending for part of its
effect on the human instinct of curiosity, as it is a novel
of terror, working almost entirely on the even stranger and
more primitive instinct of fear. As in The Monk, Brown*s plots
are loosely constructed, his descriptions are detailed and
extravagant. Sometimes they both use short, staccato sentences
tfarfel, op. cit., pp. 138-139#
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