Elements of American Gothic Fiction

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Settings most often include large, draft old houses that have been in the family for years

2.
An atmosphere of mystery and suspense

3.
A ghostly legend or an unexplainable occurrence

4.
Omens, foreshadowing, and dreams

5.
Highly charged emotional states

6.
Supernatural events

7.
Damsels in distress

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Diction

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Romantic themes