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Eng-L 111 - Discovering Literature
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Peyton Place Peyton s Castle Types of Architecture Why Samuel Peyton s Castle The Gothic Hidden Things Horror and Romance Notice the Details When you take time to notice the smallest elements of the story you often uncover how they are connected to large and important themes Details Types of Architecture Bird s eye view of town Two churches p 2 giant book ends volcanoes Courthouse p 2 Schools p 2 Houses p 20 Samuel Peyton s Castle Pg 21 Peyton Place is named after Samuel Peyton Samuel Peyton built his castle in the middle of no where Peyton Place rose up in the shadow of Peyton s castle On page 102 we learn that Samuel Peyton s castle was true honest to god castle transported over here from England every stick and stone of is Why would Grace Metalious feel is necessary to include something as strange as Peyton s castle in her book The Key is in the Gothic The Term Gothic Originally referred to Goths a Germanic Tribe Then it came to mean Germanic Finally it came to mean medieval It is most commonly associated with Gothic architecture now buildings built between 12th and 16th centuries that often boasted pointed arches turrets and high vaults The Gothic Novel The genre began with Horace Walpole s Castle of Otranto 1764 Other famous early Gothic novels Ann Radcliff s Mysteries of Udolpho 1794 Matthew Lewis s The Monk 1767 Jane Austen Northanger Abbey 1818 As a satire on gothic 5 characteristics takes place in a medieval setting often in a gloomy isolate castle full of dungeons and hidden passageways concerned with natural and supernatural ghosts are frequent characters principal goal is to evoke chilling terror Later the gothic came to be associated with stories that did not have a medieval setting but developed a brooding dangerous atmosphere Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his Gothic stories Hester Goodale pg 65 Write down instances of hidden or submerged thing you can find in the story Allison s parentage Selena s abortion Allison is a year older than she thinks The Cellar The six week drinking binge led by Kenny Stearns and Lucas Cross Pg 59 Literally a submerged setting DT s submerge reality for Lucas Cellar is like a dungeon Pg 80 Kenny sees Ginny s ghost The Ferris Wheel operator Has a head like a skull and his yellow teeth gleaming dully the dark pg 81 The Ax Blood seemingly everywhere Selena s Womb Like a dungeon Hides a secret Causes torture Is a place of death Gothic The Horror of the Past Constance Mackenzie The Carters and Dr Quimby Dr Quimby s house becomes a dungeon Driven to suicide because of unhappy marriage with Roberta Peyton Place as Gothic Romance A story full of sex love and romance A gothic story that is also full of horrors connected to sex love and romance Growing up in Peyton Place 10 17 2012 Coming of Age stories ignorance to knowledge innocence to experience immature responses to mature responses coming of age examples catcher in the rye to kill a mockingbird harry potter series Bildungsroman Etymology German o Bildung building shaping formation o Roman novel o A novel of building or growth or development Has origins in the apprenticeship novel o A young man learns from an experience worker o Develops his trade and further his identity Popularity and movement of bildungsroman o Goethe s novel is translated into English in 1824 o Novels that focused on the journey from childhood to adulthood were extremely popular in Victorian England Pride and prejudice Oliver twist Jane eyre Great expectations Key characteristics o The protagonist develops throughout the story o Goes on journey maturity o Usually abides by society s expectations Character figuring out where they belong o Makes mistakes but learns because of them o Sees the realities of the world What type of novel is Peyton Place A salacious expose a very dirty book A meditation on the natural A gothic romance filled with hidden or submerged things A manual on dating and courtship Allison s development Passages about roads end pg 11 46 133 371 Roads End signpost for allison s development in the novel a place of reflection overlooking peyton place o Allison reflects on her feelings experiences o Road s end reflects changes in Allison why end the novel with that scene of Allison at roads end o theme of purity 10 17 2012


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