The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 62
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BROWN'S CONTHIBUTIOH fO AMSRICAK GOTHIC 7ICTI0H
"Brown was a star of greater magnitude who®® light,
though dim, still shines."1 lit immediate influence upon
America was not marked, but ultimately he mads a distinctive
contribution to Amerioan literature In the ugly realism of
many of his powerful themes, in speculation on diseases, in
piotures of Indian life, and in analyses of the motives that
stir the Uvea of mm and women. Furthermore, he almost
created the short story, likely suggesting the scope and
method of that type of writing to Foe and Hawthorne*
Foe's indebtedness to Brown seems not to hate been merely
general# An interesting parallel ia found in the similarity
between "The pit and the Pendulum" and the fifteenth chapter
of Bftgar HuntIff Huntly cornea to life after he falls into
the pit in mueh the same way & the sufferer in Poe's story,
and he believes he is the victim of a tyrant who haa confined
hia in a dungeon, then he becomes very hungry, he considers
killing himself with a tomahawk, an obvious resemblance to the
blade of the large pendulum. The thirst whioh tormenta him
after he kills and eats the panther possibly gave riae to the
lM$ar Huntly, p. xau
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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/m1/65/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .