The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 65
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or circumstances of strong moral exoltemeat, a
troubled conscience, partial gleams of insanity,
or boilings of imaginary evil whloh haunt the
aoul, and for©® it into all the agonies of terror.
♦ ♦ • We are constantly struck with the strange
contrast of ovar-passioa and over-reaso&i&g•®
Brown*® work anticipated Poa's aad Hawthorne*s
in sub$ eatf style, mood, and intellectual elava
tioa} these later masters referred la friendly terms
to the pioneer*® work# As lata as 1S4S la *P*s
Correspondence* Hawthorne stated that *no iuierlcan
writer enjoys a more classic reputetion.*7
Brown anticipated Hawthorne in using.multiple explanation
©f what seam to be supernatural events* in Wieland. he unfolds
the mystery of the voice from three angles* Clara narrates
the events, Theodore Wieland makes his confession in court,
and finally Oarwin explains the mystery# This trick of multiple
explanations reappears in several of Hawthorn©*® novels and
stories, some of which are fhe House of Seven Gablea. the
Ambitious Quest The treat Oarbunole. and David Swan*
Svea though Brown took his incidents and persona from
books as well as life, his emphasis on psychopathic traits adds
t© some of his characters who show little action in the physical
world, Not until the advent of Hawthorne and Foe doe® another
writer of fiction create characters tormented fey brooding
minds as is Theodore in Wieland,
The success of Edgar Buatly undoubtedly gave the idea for
the setting of many American novels and lent impetus to the
Nfarfel, op. oit«. p. 39t quoting W. 1# Prescott's The
Library of Amexfoaja Biography,
?Warfel, ©£, cit., p. 4
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