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What are three gothic elements in "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"?

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Gothic literature initially flourished from the middle of the 18th century to the middle of 19th century. It arose due to a number of influences. There was a growing interest in medieval culture and architecture. This includes things such as large, imposing castles and the presumed gloominess of the medieval historical period. Many scholars trace the origins of Gothic literature to Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto in 1764. Gothic literature also fed off of the Romantic style of this same period in emphasizing emotion and passion. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) is perhaps the most famous Gothic novel and this example shows the occasional overlap between the Gothic and the Romantic.

So, Gothic elements tend to be associated with castles, gloom, death, terror, suspense, emotion, and romance. Here are some other examples from "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment."

The gloomy atmosphere is set immediately. Although gloom is not limited to Gothic literature, it does contribute to the Gothic mood as...

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