The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 45
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wilderness was assailed by eight assassin© during the dead
of the night, his parents and an infant child murdered in
their beds, the house pillaged and burned to the ground.
Sinoe then, ©ten the Image of a savage made him shudder# It
Is not surprising that Mgar speaks of the Indians as
"Inexorable @nMles,,r "miscreants", "savages'*, and "merciless
enemies of the white man."
Brown does not show Huntly's acqueintanoe with the
natives as casual, but he puts him in personal, bloody encounters*
Graphic descriptions of these encounters are given, but de-
tailed descriptions of the natives themselves are missing*
Charles Brookden Brown has the colonists'
conception of the Indian as a murderous savage,
whose every action If not closely cireswsoribed
leads to tragedy. Edgar*a nearest relatives and
dearest friend® fall under the red ®an*s tomahawks,
and only resolute action and a kind providence save
him fro® a similar fate. Though the treacherous
native inspires him with amazement and wonder, and
Indian warfare is not without its romantic aspects,
the sense of terror predominates, and of idealiza-
tion in the strict sense of the term there is little
Brown*a use of details of American homes, clothing, food,
native animals, forests, and Indians replace English Gothic
details. An interesting criticism published in the Retrospective
Review in 1824 spoiee of Brown* s use of American events and
Brown had no power over characters he dealt
only with events: that is to say, with sickness,
^Albert Kelser, The Indian in American Literature, p. 37.
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