Hi! I’m writing a paper for Gothic Lit class. We have a few texts and handouts. We must take 1 handout, relate it to 3 texts, and use our analysis to argue a thesis about Gothic Lit.
The handout I’m using is Shelley’s Hymn to Intellectual Beauty. I started with Radcliffe’s On The Supernatural in Poetry, but wasn’t into it. I want something more interesting than finding examples of horror and terror. We get graded on originality. I think the best focus for Hymn is its theme – but themes sometimes confuse me. I want to address Shelley’s idea of Beauty/Spirit being fleeting, something man pursues, but is overcome by evil, darkness, etc. Any other element that works better?
The texts I must choose 3 from: The Castle of Otranto; The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; Jane Eyre; Frankenstein; and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I want to use Mariner, Jekyll and Hyde, and Frankenstein. If others from that list fit better, please let me know. I feel my choices show darkness consuming characters who wanted enlightenment. Any other ways to say “darkness?” My thesis is: Gothic Lit looks at our darker natures to learn about ourselves.
Am I on the right track? I’d like suggestions on connecting the texts to the poem. I think it’s almost like a compare/contrast essay. My intro will ID Hymn’s main ideas, and the rest of the paper will show how the texts relate to the ideas I identify (hopefully with your help!). I’m working on this all weekend, so I need help! All feedback welcome! Thanks!