Mathias Junger Essay – Elements of a Gothic novel in The Picture of Dorian Gray

I came upon this essay while looking into the Gothic side of Dorian Gray. The Elements of a Gothic novel in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Mathias Junger 2008 is a short essay that looks at examples throughout the text of Gothic Style.

He details the definition of Gothic styles and then continues to highlight these elements in Dorian Gray.

“The following motifs are common in the Gothic style and appear in almost every piece of literature belonging to the Gothic fiction:

Uncanny environments such as castles, dungeons, prisons, cemeteries, …

• The supernatural

Monsters

Doppelgangers

Magic Objects

Femme fatals

Demons

• Walking skeletons

• The devil

• Witches and witchcraft

Science used for a bad purpose”

(Elements of a Gothic novel in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Mathias Junger, 2008)


He goes on to list these elements of Dorian Gray that fall into these categories.

These include:

The Devil, The Atmosphere, The Bargin with The Devil, The Secret Room, The Supernatural, The Doppelganger-motif, The sudden break-out of violence, Bad Science, Magical objects and total dedication to things.

Also interesting to note, is the mention that Oscar Wilde’s grand-uncleCharles R. Maturin, wrote the gothic novel Melmoth the Wanderer – which Wilde’s work has similarities to.

See link for essay:

http://blog.knecht-rootrecht.org/wp-content/uploads/oscar-wilde.pdf 

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