Penguin Classics (pg. being a or the female malady, madness took many forms, some of which were strongly linked to women and to femininity, others far less so.2 Indeed, as we shall see, some were linked to men and masculinity, and it is the complex interrelation of gender and madness, not just of women and madness in isolation, that needs to be examined. Gothic literature has a wide history in which you can find a lot of novels having ghosts, headless spirits and ghouls in them that may disturb the major characters. Freud notes that men desire their partners to be sexually degraded, but struggle to desire a ‘Madonna like’ figure, offering two distinct ways of expressing female sexual identity within Gothic literature. The gothic fiction sub-genre forms the very root of the modern-day horror genre, and it is worth nothing that while The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (1764) is considered to be the first such gothic novel, it was two female writers who perhaps gave the genre direction and popularity. Wordsworth Classics, [8] Bronte, E (1847) Wuthering Vintage Classics (pg. Just as frequent, however, is the theme of insanity — of hallucinations, anxiety, and complete mental breakdown — particularly in Gothic texts… Lady Macbeth and Cathy appear to destroy femininity, which is a prevalent idea within Gothic literature, as female characters often break gender conventions, creating monstrous personas. Lady Macbeth’s madness releases her and allows her true nature to appear, if we are to believe that she truly feels guilty. All women within the story display aspects of the ‘Madonna’ character, and do not engage with the latter idea of the ‘Madonna-whore’ complex. and Other Stories, UK – New edn. Vintage Classics (pg. Both women are controlled by men, and are used to entertain their sexual fantasies. Milton’s first marriage in 1642 to Mary Powell was short lived, perhaps due to his reformist views and her royalist ones, which caused contention during the first civil war. It was widely assumed that her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelly, wrote the novel. Madness is seen as insightful, a plumbing of the depth of emotional intensity. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, UK – New Now that their sexual activity is not innocent, and is in fact driven by lust, Eve embodies both ideas contained within the Madonna-Whore complex in ‘Paradise Lost.’ Honestly, justice for Eve! After her murderous intent, one wonders why Mrs Macbeth would need any protecting, but perhaps after his emasculation by his own wife, Macbeth’s protection of her is an attempt to restore his own masculinity. [1] Critics focused on the tendency of male writers to keep female characters within the constraints of social stereotypes, leaving them victims of the traditional misogynistic and patriarchal culture. She embodies the ideas of Madonna and whore, as although her sexuality is not greatly explored, she is attractive because she appears innocent but also because she is not. Both Lady Macbeth and Catherine Earnshaw use their male counterparts for their own gain, break social conventions like the women at Otranto, enter into madness and suppress their own desires, as they are confined by their situation and gender. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Heights, UK – Reprint edn. Viewing these works from a 21st century perspective allows for greater assessment of the Freudian complex, as women are no longer expected to conform to these distinct ideas, which can be seen in Carter’s contemporary depiction of the power of female sexuality within her stories. Longman (pg. In her mind, the patterns of the wallpaper and the woman she sees soothe her, and free her from the feeling of confinement. Despite the female protagonist’s naivety and virginity in ‘The Erl King,’ she is sexually attractive to the goblin holding her captive. This is explored further in the last line of the novel, in which, after bonding over the loss of Matilda, Isabella and Theodore marry. Although Adam too incited Eve to have sex with him, it is Eve who has lost her purity, and ‘Madonna like’ qualities. 884), I'm a third year English Literature and History student, and wanted a space to explore topics within those fields that interest me. Longman (pg. [2] Within this stereotype is the Madonna-Whore complex. But she is confused by the conflicting roles he plays between being a medical authority and a caring husband; consequently, she attempts to obey him. Eve tempts Adam “wantonly,”[13] and although both are driven by lust, there is greater emphasis and negativity placed on her participation of the act. The interpretations of the theories of Structuralism and Psychoanalytic criticism in review of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James reveals that it fits the definition of Gothic fiction, is a ghost story, and is meant to frighten the audience. Change ), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), On the Madonna-Whore Complex of Women in Gothic Literature, The use of colour in ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ – Words, Words, Words. The key to understanding the genre’s development lies in the culture that caused it to thrive. In this early example of horror literature, the unnamed female protagonist is driven mad by her boredom with the life she is limited to as a woman. Cathy does not consider gender expectations throughout her childhood, and does not fulfil her desires in the conventional way, until she admits that she is prepared to marry Edgar, as he is “handsome and pleasant to be with.”[64] It is this pacifying of Cathy by the Linton’s that affects the love of Cathy and Heathcliff, as she shape shifts in order to please her new husband… and to inherit a fortune. (English Review), November 2016, pg 20-21, [17] Carter, A (1995) The Bloody 11), [28] Carter, A. We all love to read such stories. The complex is identifiable in Milton’s blank verse poem ‘Paradise Lost,’[4] which gives voice to the Biblical characters of Genesis. The aunt justifies locking Jane up because she believes she is mad. Eve, in ‘Paradise Lost’ and the Bible, is a controversial figure, as she is commonly blamed for bringing sin into the world. Mental illness, or madness, is a common theme in Gothic literature, and 'Dracula' is no exception. – 1st edn. – 1st edn. 40), [33] Carter, A. Murray Ellison received Master’s Degrees in Education (1973) from Temple University and in English Literature (2015) from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a Doctorate in Education from Virginia Tech (1988). Her hair is wild and her manner carnally suggestive; her dress is a “white gown.” This can be identified through using the Male Gaze theory which suggests that a woman’s purpose is solely for male sexual pleasure. Heathcliff returns after several years, which causes Cathy to fall into a fit of hysteria, ending in her death. edn. Female sexuality is similarly dangerous in ‘The Lady of the House of Love.’ This particular tale should be noted as it contorts gender roles, as it is made explicitly clear, that the female is the predator, and that the timid virgin is male. Can we blame her? Their relationship is not a romantic one, as romantic relationships within the novel have been incestuous and corrupting, but one of companionship, insinuating that Isabella will rule Otranto as Theodore’s equal, and not his subservient wife. The Madonna aspects of the story are noticeable, with the innocence and youth of the girl, and although she uses her sexuality to her advantage, one may hesitate to class her as the archetypal whore, as she uses her sexuality as a tool to seduce the wolf and escape. 862), [60] Shakespeare, W. The Complete Works For the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA, he serves as a Board Member, gives special museum tours, and writes a monthly column for their website: thepoeblog.org. By examining issues of Spiritualism, Freudian theory, and women’s medicine in . Longman (pg. 25), [44] Chaplin, S (2011) York Notes Companions Gothic Literature Macbeth wishes to protect her from his violent intent, alluding to the fact that, traditionally women were not involved in such unlawful acts. Longman (pg. Classics (pg. 92), [70] Bronte, E. Wuthering Wordsworth Classics (pg. Manfred’s failure to realise that his own daughter stood before him demonstrates his moral blindness, and his objectification of women. Companions Gothic Literature – 1st edn. Within Gothic literature, “the ‘hysteric’ female”[73] is a “dangerous other in need of control and, if necessary, elimination.”[74] In Lady Macbeth’s case, the truthful nature of her madness makes her a dangerous figure in the play if she were to confess the crimes she helped commit. – 1st edn. Nineteenth-century readers often interpreted these stories of women going insane as unhealthy representations of their reactions against the expectations of society. If we can accept the idea that Jane was falsely accused of being mad, perhaps, we can also consider Bertha’s point of view. The Bloody Chamber The contemporary resurgence of the Female Gothic is part of this new romanticism. No doubt, he considers his wife as incurable at that point. As a doctor, he thinks he is prescribing the most proper treatment for her. 228), [19] Carter, A. Could she have been justified to reacting so strongly against such confinement and for losing her rights as a wife? and Other Stories, UK – New edn. The truth behind the influence of Gothic literature can be found in two of its most common themes: the supernatural and madness. Heights, UK – Reprint edn. However, readers are only told that Bertha is mad by Mr. Rochester and, perhaps, we are not entirely convinced that he is a reliable narrator. Her chastity allows her to be seen as a Madonna like figure, but the action she takes to protect herself quickly transforms her, as she embraces her sexuality. Chamber and Other Stories, UK – New edn. edn. [37] “She is afraid of nothing,”[38] and her sexuality is what allows her to escape. Roderick Usher keeps his sister Madeline confined to a dark room upstairs where he reports that she is suffering from a strange mental illness. (pg. But, before the wedding vows are exchanged, Mr. Mason, the brother of the mysterious women in the attic, reveals that there can’t be a marriage that day because Rochester is already married to that woman— his sister Bertha. 863), [62] Bronte, E (1847) Wuthering ‘The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter,’ The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, UK – New However, she rebels against him, locks the door, and refuses to leave the room. Wordsworth editions (pg. It can be argued that this story supports the view that Poe was sympathetic to the cause of lifting the artistic limitations imposed by society on women. Even Eve, before sinning, notes that herself and Adam will “best fulfill”[57] their work set by God if they separate. The truth behind the influence of Gothic literature can be found in two of its most common themes: the supernatural and madness. However, many modern readers understand them as demonstrating that women, in that era, were just beginning their struggle for the freedom of artistic and intellectual expression. She, instead, is convinced that she needs to write to relieve her anxieties. and Other Stories, UK – New edn. Vintage Classics (pg. 53), [45] Chaplin, S. York Notes Companions Gothic Literature Although his works were never intended to be Gothic, many critics have identified Gothic tropes in his plays, such as ‘Macbeth.’ In this respect Lady Macbeth is viewed as a proto Gothic figure. The women in Walpole’s ‘The Castle of Otranto,’[6] too suffer within male dominated societies, and the oppression of male sexuality, although the Madonna-Whore complex is less prevalent. The Bloody Chamber 107), [20] Carter, A. The Gothic tradition originated in response to a period of rapid and far-reaching societal, cultural, and theological change in eighteenth-century Europe. He teaches English at Richard Bland College of William & Mary and literature appreciation classes in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond. In Jane Eyre, the narrator as a ten-year-old orphan girl is taken in, but not loved by the Reed family. Bertha had just as much reason to be angry and vindictive toward her husband as Jane had toward Aunt Reed. The term “preternaturally” tells the reader that her current state is beyond natural, and abnormal, making this madness also a form of shape shifting, as Cathy has totally transformed. When breaking gender convention no character does so as brutally as Lady Macbeth as she wishes to destroy her femininity, which is another classic trait of the feminine gothic. When Jane, also questions her Aunt for always siding with her son and for not caring about her, she is locked upstairs in the Red Room. Otranto, UK – 3 edition. 11), [27] Carter, A. ( Log Out /  Wordsworth Classics (pg. Isabella too comes into this category, as her “soul is pure as virtue itself.”[40] Manfred is aware that his “fate depends on having sons,”[41] and proceeds to have sex with Isabella on the “night”[42] of his own sons death. Vintage Classics (pg. Passion and lust are sinful in Bronte's society, and outbursts and passionate emotions suggests an imbalance in your brain. editions (pg. This allows the novel to be compared to Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber,’ as women within these stories are empowered, arguably for longer than those within Otranto. Sounds scary. OUP Oxford (pg. Vintage Classics (pg.1), [25] Carter, A. Although in the case of Matilda, they may not survive it, manipulation of gender norms is a recurring theme throughout the genre, and seems more prevalent than the outdated and distinct Madonna-Whore complex. Teaching the Literature of Mad Women On Gendered Notions of Mental Illness, and Who "Deserves" to Be Depressed. Through this ritual she is defiled and discovers her own capacity for evil, citing the moment in which she transforms from Madonna to whore. Notes Companions Gothic Literature – 1st edn. Within ‘Paradise Lost,’ Eve morphs from Madonna to whore through the eating of the fruit from the tree of good and evil, her transformation implied by the lustful sex that she shares with Adam afterward. 66), [55] Walpole, H. The Castle of 68), [56] Walpole, H. The Castle of Her “formal disrobing”[26] is compared to a “ritual from the brothel,”[27] again, looking at the male attitude to sexuality, as they are attracted to promiscuous and sexually experienced women. This is some serious Gothic girl power. The protagonist in ‘The Bloody Chamber’ is the narrator of the tale, granting her a degree of power. He then takes the clergymAN, wedding witnesses, and Jane up to the attic to see the madwoman. The Turn of the Screw. She really can’t catch a break. 133), [39] Walpole, H (1764) The Castle of Otranto, UK – 3 edition. Although she is a member of the lower class, and displays ignorance in comparison to Matilda, she provides a frank insight into gender politics, as she affirms, “a bad husband is better than no husband at all.”[46]  Hippolita shares this view, and despite Manfred’s attempts to divorce her, is loyal to her husband, acknowledging that women are bound to the will of men and cannot “make election for ourselves.”[47] This is demonstrated previously by Manfred’s staunch refusal to give Isabella the “consent”[48] to return home to her father, displaying the control of women by men in the novel, and by extension the whole genre. 1st edn. We are never able to hear Bertha’s point of view about why she has become so angry and vindictive. Although she has this power, the protagonist is overcome by the Marquis, and is corrupted by the discovery of her sexuality, causing her to embody fully the Madonna-Whore complex. edn. These ideas are thoroughly supported and explored in Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s book, The Madwoman in the Attic (Yale University P, 1979), as well as in many other literary discussions of fictional works written during this period. 206), http://sites.psu.edu/aspsy/2015/10/03/madonna-whore-complex/, [4] Milton, J (1667) Paradise Lost, UK – 1st edn. This creates the distinct personalities of Catherine Earnshaw and Catherine Linton. Carter’s work emerged in an age of second wave feminism “in the 1970’s, in which women disagreed over the direction and desired outcomes of the feminist movement.”[16] Within Carter’s stories, gender stereotypes are also not fixed for some of the female protagonists. She asks if “these hands ne’er be clean?”[75] This explains the constant torment she experiences due to her past actions, and the guilt that she feels for them. After Eve and Adam eat the fruit, they engage in sex, the difference being that this sex is driven by carnal lust and desire, which Milton attributes to Eve. He is married and has three adult employed daughters. “Gerald’s Game,” an adaptation of a Stephen King novel by the same title, can be analyzed from the Female Gothic lens, suggesting that the gothic literature mechanisms can also be applied to contemporary tales of female strength and 192), [13] Milton, J (1667) Paradise Lost, She perceives that the women she perceives is trying to escape from the restrictions of being confined in the wallpaper and of not being allowed to express herself. Vintage Classics (pg. [67] Edgar claims that it is Heathcliff’s presence, comparing him to “poison.”[68] Her hysteria stems from her desperation to be with Heathcliff, and the difficulty of her current situation, as she claims that she “will”[69] not rest until she is with Heathcliff. After Jane matures to a young woman, she is summoned by Aunt Reed to her deathbed. The Bloody Chamber Wordsworth Classics (pg. Poe’s unnamed narrator graphically describes her terrifying screams and the rumblings of the House of Usher. 83), [69] Bronte, E. Wuthering Horace Walpole’s ‘The Castle of Otranto,’ is widely regarded as the first gothic novel with ideas such as, political power struggles, the supernatural and its setting in a haunted castle, becoming common staples within the gothic genre. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, UK – New The insinuation of Eve’s impurity foreshadows her eating of the forbidden fruit. After she had started going mad, he explains that he confined her to an attic room and hired a servant, Grace Poole, to be her caretaker. UK – 1st edn. Her wish to fill her breasts with poison also goes against traditional gender roles laid down by society. 55), [65] Bronte, E. Wuthering Here Eve, despite being the supposedly weaker sex takes charge and defies gender conventions. Manfred’s determination to marry the reluctant Isabella displays the power that men had over women within a patriarchal structure as “absolute,”[44] and women as “chattels to be controlled and exploited.”[45]  Female dependency on male figures within the family is emphasised by Bianca, Matilda’s servant. Penguin Classics (pg. Satan’s gaze upon Eve prompts the removal of “his own evil”[10] emphasizing Eve’s intense power, which is drawn from her beauty and presence, rendering him “stupidly good.”[11] It can be inferred that this beauty is enhanced by her chastity and innocence, making her appear as a Madonna figure. One could argue that the shared corruption of women is transmitted through sex, and is the fault of Eve. OUP Oxford (pg. The gothic tale of “The Yellow Wallpaper” has become just that, although it took nearly a century to find a truly understanding audience. Heights, UK – Reprint edn. Heights, UK – Reprint edn. It is noted that female characters in Gothic novels and plays often fall into one of two categories: innocent victims, subservient to the strong and powerful male characters, or the shameless and dangerous predator. In the novel, Viktor Frankenstein creates a monster in his laboratory but has no control over the terror it unleashes in the surrounding villages. 41), [34] Chaplin, S (2011) York Notes Vintage Classics (pg. 197), [12] Milton, J. Paradise Lost, UK – 1st edn. Although not intended to be a Gothic tale, aspects of the Gothic feminine are identifiable in Milton’s work. Classics, [5] Carter, A (1995) The Bloody Chamber and Other [1] Chaplin, S (2011) York Notes Companions Gothic Literature The child escapes the wolf by seducing it, stripping off her clothes and throwing them onto the fire. The Female Gothic. When reading and reviewing Gothic texts, the prevalence of ghosts, mysterious apparitions, and unexplainable sounds and events is apparent. Even as a child, Nelly recounts that he “would do her bidding in anything.”[52] Cathy exercises great power over Heathcliff, even justifying her marriage to Edgar, by arguing that she plans to “aid Heathcliff to rise.”[53] Both Lady Macbeth and Cathy use men to achieve their own goals, partly because they are restricted by their gender. Notable among these new Female Gothic writers are Doris Lessing and Margaret Atwood. 88), [73] Chaplin, S (2011) York 40), [32] Carter, A. Shakespeare is noted to have had a “major influence upon early Gothic fiction,”[49] particularly his tragedies. Chamber and Other Stories, UK – New edn. 218), [67] Bronte, E (1847) Wuthering Their heroines experience madness as part of their growth toward self-knowledge. Vintage Classics (pg. She is also naked like a newborn, adding to her virginal appearance. Heights, UK – Reprint edn. A state of chastity appeared to be of great worth and also enhanced the desirability of the female. However both texts exhibit classic traits of the feminine Gothic, particularly the breaking of gender conventions and manipulation of men. The theme of inheritance runs through ‘The Castle of Otranto,’ much like ‘Macbeth,’ as Manfred’s pursuing of Isabella focuses on sexual desire, but also the desire for a male heir after the murder of his son Conrad. In Freud’s mind, perhaps Cathy’s madness stems from her pregnancy. However, her husband rejects such thinking. The iconic madness of Lady Macbeth does not allow this kind of freedom, but certainly allows for the emergence of truth, as it explores her guilt complex. Edgar Allan Poe’s 1829 short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” takes Frankenstein to the next level. Vintage Classics (pg. In one way of looking at Madeline, her mental illness could be caused by her forced confinement and by being restricted artistically and socially by her brother. Before her temptation in book nine, Eve is subservient to Adam and noted for her captivating beauty. Longman (pg. Wordsworth Classics (pg. View more posts, This was so interesting!! Vintage Classics (pg. She defies convention as she is “wild”[31] like a lioness, her hair being compared to a “white mane.”[32] She draws power from her husband, using his “gun”[33] in order to protect her daughter from her husband showing that women have the ability to adopt masculine traits. The protagonist clearly embodies male fear and trepidation towards the growing powers of female sexuality. The Victorian era was arguably the most productive time for the Gothic genre. ‘Macbeth’[7] and ‘Wuthering Heights,’[8] also exhibit typical qualities of the feminine Gothic, and both female protagonists represent the fear and fantasy of their male dominated societies. 211), [14] Milton, J. Paradise Lost, UK – 1st edn. However, the most important question and tension of the Jane Eyre novel is: Who is the woman being confined in the attic in Master Rochester’s House? As if the spirit and anger of the dead are being channeled through her uncle, Jane becomes outraged by her confinement and maltreatment. 58), [54] Walpole, H (1764) The Castle of Instead, she and her children give Jane steady doses of cruelty and neglect. When looking at Carter’s collection of stories, ‘The Bloody Chamber,’ critic Susan Chaplin notes that “the female sexuality is simultaneously vulnerable and dangerous.”[15] This statement succinctly encapsulates the ideas put forward by Freud, and demonstrates that within Carter’s work, female characters are virginal, but also that their sexuality, and discovery of it, is dangerous. 229), [31] Carter, A (1995) The Bloody As Madeline escapes from her premature burial, she kills her brother in an act of defiant anger and revenge. As Eve is currently sinless, this enhances her status as pure. OUP Oxford (pg. The “beautiful queen of the vampires”[19] is initially depicted as sitting in an “antique bridal gown,”[20] the whiteness of it implying her purity and chastity. As the story develops, Rochester is willing to break through socio-economic and caste restrictions and marry Jane. He is an editor for the “Correctional Education Magazine,” and editing a book of poetry, soon to be published written by Indian mystic, Shambhuvasanda. The Aunt banishes Jane from her home, disowns her, and sends her to an orphan school for girls (see earlier Litchatte.com discussion). 86), [71] Bronte, E. Wuthering 229), [30] Chaplin, S. York Notes Companions Gothic Literature – 1st Works written in this tradition are inherently linked to the social context in which they were created, and a great deal of critical commentary focuses on the representation of societal and cultural fear in the face of the dissolution of tradition, gender roles, oppression, and race in Gothic literature. “We will talk about how the stories in Behind the Yellow Wallpaper respond to or push back against (or reinforce) the tropes of female madness in literature.” The discussion will be held the afternoon of July 19th from 2 to 4pm at the Jefferson Market Library. Lady Macbeth and Cathy appear to destroy femininity, which is a prevalent idea within Gothic literature, as female characters often break gender conventions, creating monstrous personas. Within the opening lines of the novel, Matilda is described as a “most beautiful virgin.”[39]  As this is the first detail provided about the character, this implies the economic importance and value of the virginity of the female, citing it as the most important feature of her character. He retired as the Virginia Director of Community Corrections for the Department of Correctional Education in 2009. He retired as the Virginia Director of Community Corrections for the Department of Correctional Education in 2009. Feminist criticism formed the idea of the ‘feminine Gothic,’ a term that examines the portrayal of female characters within the Gothic genre. Heights, UK – Reprint edn. 106), [37] Carter, A. Control of women by a patriarchal society, sexual desire and victimisation of women are traditional themes within the Gothic genre, as well as the independence of women, which is seeded throughout the novel. In the play, and Gothic genre, women use men to complete their own goals, presenting them as the more powerful of the two sexes. Wordsworth Same is the case with gothic novels; you can find a lot of entertainment in it in the form of scariness. In freeing him she gives him back his masculinity, allowing traditional gender roles to be restored. By noting that her love for Edgar is like the “foliage in the woods,”[65] Cathy openly admits that she has no strong feelings for him, implying a dramatic change in her character and behaviour when she goes forward with the wedding. 17), [40] Walpole, H. The Castle of Mary Shelly’s, Frankenstein, was one of the first examples in literature expressing this theme. He also serves as a board member, volunteer tour guide, poetry judge, and all-around helper at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond Virginia. A Classic Book Keeps Speaking to Us Long After It Is Written. The Bloody Chamber 862), [52] Bronte, E (1847) Wuthering Heights, UK – Reprint edn. Otranto, UK – 3 edition. She is ghostlike yet ghoulishly corporeal. The uncle’s wish is never granted because the Aunt never loves or accepts her niece as part of her family. Although she appears in this way, she is “the child of desire,”[35] and embodies the carnal lust of the Count. Both female characters exhibit the Gothic trope of using men for their own ends, which is closely linked to the Gothic females’ ability to break gender rules and social convention. Here Elaine Showalter discusses Ophelia's madness as a particularly female malady, showing how from Shakespeare's day to our own Ophelia has been used both to reflect and to challenge evolving ideas about female psychology and sexuality. 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