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ENGL 2103 Lecture 2: Castle of Otranto (Pt. 2)

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Carleton University
ENGL 2103
Henderson Jennifer

The Castle of Ortranto by Horace Walpole (Pt. 2) Page 25- connection of feeling and space: Isabella running away Safety comes with enclosure: from the castle to the underground passages to the church She prefers the enclosure of the convent to the form of entrapment that Manfred has in mind for her “conceal herself”: inside the castle Isabella feels too exposed; narrator gives us a moment to moment paraphrase of her thoughts How the readers identify with Isabella: Walpole tells us how we are supposed to feel, uses the word “terror” The architecture determines her state of mind: there is a movement from terror as she is trapped to resolution and being able to think clearly Openings and blockages of the architecture coheres to her mind/emotional state The further down she goes she has less social protection The element of sound is introduced, uncertainty to what she heard, adds to the feeling that it is dark because she will hear more Uses spatial confusion to produce a focus and confusion with sound Repetition but inversion: there’s terror and then reason (the sound that comes from the door) Openness to external forces emphasizes her vulnerability: terrors go into her mind Theodore is the agent of divine punishment: the element of the prophecy is signalled through the light (supernatural) Isabella is fleeing and taking action which is more modern because otherwise she would be static and passive in the medieval romance: a qualified activity, and element of movement A modern element: the subjectivity of Isabella; interest of her thought processes would be considered modern/true to life Holding Property and Power- Aristocratic: By divine right (monarchs), divine will By inheritance (feudal lords) Value of continuity Alfonso Holding Property and Power- Bourgeois: Power he’d on basis of human will, law, reason Property held on basis of individual effort/labour Value of rights and happiness of individuals Manfred The 2 Values in Conflict: Walpole: took on his father’s position in the “wigs”, but at the same time his
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