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Well, this is a very open question. Start with your definition of ‘Gothic’ and identify some texts. Traditionally, yes, this is a key feature of Gothic texts. You could respond with examples of motifs like doubling/doppelgängers and dreams. For example: there’s that famous scene in ‘Jane Eyre’ where Bertha burns the bed in which Rochester sleeps. The symbolic act foreshadows the burning of Thornfield Hall and the destructive power of female sexual desire. You could discuss how female desire was taboo in the 1840s so Bertha’s actions - such as burning the bed, tearing Jane’s wedding veil, and biting her brother like ‘a vampyre’ - provides a monstrous outlet for exploring these ideas and emotions. Similarly, look at the sexualisation of the vampire Lucy in ‘Dracula’ - when she becomes a vampire, she is suddenly sensual and this is literally censored by a phallic stake to the heart. There are countless examples of this in Gothic fiction - do get in touch if you want to discuss other novels!
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