The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 64
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and adding a superstructure. Qruesome details,
lavished on similar themes by Brown, began to
toft a eoldly logioal look that heightened their
horror# Like Brown, poe was interested in
medical science and had mad© a study of the gam®
books that fascinated the older writer. Anatomical
details, especially those of a moribund nature,
bodily decomposition, the charnel house, all
exerted a profound impression on his mind and of
coarse figure prominently in most of his stories.**'
Brown, when he wrote W1eland. dealt with similar themes,
tut a comparison of their artistic depth is sufficient to
show that Poe had definitely poshed back the frontiers ©f
Aaerlean flotion. Brown had dealt with the horror theme by
allowing disembodied voices bid Wieland to murder his wife.
p®e*s dead and dying heroines were the ©enter of action.
Although Brown never same to any conclusion about the
existence of mystic connections between human beings, the
idea had been used in Idggar Hunt If in the love of Weymouth
for Waldegrave. Weymouth says, "With his life, my own
existence and property were, I have reason to think, inseparably
united."5 p0@ develops this idea in "The Fall of the louse
of Usher,"* when Roderick Usher and his twin sister die at the
fhe following comment was written about Brown, bat it
might well hate been written with Poe in mindt
lis great object seems to be exhibit the soul
in scenes of extraordinary interest. For this
purpose striking and perilous situations are devised,
^Ibld.. p. 53.
Hunt It. p. 146,
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