If you wish to write a piece of English in a Gothic style, the following ideas and vocabulary night be of use:
Gothic elements include the following:
- Setting in a castle or old mansion.
- An atmosphere of mystery and suspense.
- An ancient prophecy is connected with the castle or its inhabitants.
- Omens, portents, visions.
- Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events.
- High, even overwrought emotion.
- Women in distress.
- Women threatened by a powerful, impulsive, tyrannical male.
Ideas to include:
Wind, especially howling
Rain, especially blowing
Doors grating on rusty hinges
Sighs, moans, howls, eerie sounds
Lights in abandoned rooms
Gusts of wind blowing out lights
Characters trapped in a room
Doors suddenly slamming shut
Ruins of buildings
Baying of distant dogs or wolves
Thunder and lightning
|Mystery||diabolical, enchantment, ghost, goblins, haunted, infernal, magic, magician, miracle, necromancer, omens, ominous, portent, preternatural, prodigy, prophecy, secret, sorcerer, spectre, spirits, strangeness, talisman, vision|
|Fear, Terror, or Sorrow||afflicted, affliction, agony, anguish, apprehensions, apprehensive, commiseration, concern, despair, dismal, dismay, dread, dreaded, dreading, fearing, frantic, fright, frightened, grief, hopeless, horrid, horror, lamentable, melancholy, miserable, mournfully, panic, sadly, scared, shrieks, sorrow, sympathy, tears, terrible, terrified, terror, unhappy, wretched|
|Surprise||alarm, amazement, astonished, astonishment, shocking, staring, surprise, surprised, thunderstruck, wonder|
|Haste||anxious, breathless, flight, frantic, hastened, hastily, impatience, impatient, impatiently, impetuosity, precipitately, running, sudden, suddenly|
|Anger||anger, angrily, choler, enraged, furious, fury, incense, incensed, provoked, rage, raving, resentment, temper, wrath, wrathful, wrathfully|
|Largeness||enormous, gigantic, giant, large, tremendous, vast|
|Darkness||dark, darkness, dismal, shaded, black, night|