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Southern Gothic is a sub-genre of the Gothic novel. It accomplishes this task by using supernatural, ironic, or unusual events to reveal the inequities of Southern society. The Southern gothic style combines the elements of classic Gothicism with particular Southern archetypes and puts them in a Southern milieu. Some of the areas that are critiqued in the Southern gothic genre include: race, gender, religion, and politics. It is not just the dominant culture that is being critiqued in these works. Southern gothic literature is not dry or detached. Actions and people that act against humanity, logic, and morality all are portrayed unfavorably. It is often not as
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Unformatted text preview: simple as saying this person, or group of people, is bad and the other is good. It is more often the case that a mixture of good and bad is found in most of the characters, and the reader, despite cringing at some of the characters’ actions, will relate because of the empathy the writer has created. This creation of empathy is of monumental importance, because once the reader is attached to the characters on a personal level—or “hooked”—then the social criticisms become more apparent....
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course ENG 325 taught by Professor Hara,m during the Fall '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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