Southern Gothic, Kafka, and Moby-Dick: What is Southern Gothic?

Ready for a horror story that isn’t about a bad hair day? Pick up a Southern Gothic novel like Moby-Dick or As I Lay Dying instead. Though now that we think about it, Ishmael spent all his time at sea. Ain’t no Pantene on the high seas.

LiteratureSouthern Gothic, Kafka, and Moby-Dick

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discuss southern gothic kafka's The metamorphosis yellow and melville's moby

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dick So aaron why don't we start out with a

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couple of broad questions about southern gothic First of all

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what is it What is southern gothic southern gothic Are

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spooky stories set in the south about strange weird characters

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who don't fit into the world that they're sort of

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born into Another feature of southern gothic is that characters

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will often have freakish malady about them making some kind

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of culturally relevant statement about the world that they live

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in What is southern gothic look like So if we

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want to think of specific southern gothic pieces you could

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think as i lay dying by william faulkner one of

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the main features of as i lay dying is that

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faulkner incorporated at least fifteen different narrators all telling the

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story from their own points of view that is set

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in a rural county and mississippi So in the south

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summit andi characters are impoverished They're concerned about death and

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mortality So one of these sons and as i lay

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dying has starts The novel with a broken leg re

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breaks his leg has it set in cement and then

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it is permanently damaged because they just ruining this leg

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beyond all repair s o something Gothic uses a lot

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of these kinds of characters to set up as an

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out siders So we get an outsider's perspective on a

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