Representations of Gothic Power in Karl Freund's Mad Love
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November 2, 2014
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Dr. Gogol embodies these motifs as he attempts to win the love of Yvonne, not through courtship, but rather through the use of his self-assigned superiority. In staying true to the history of Gothic art, Dr. Gogol overestimates his supremacy, and ultimately loses his life as the victim of his own destruction...
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Gogol overestimates his supremacy, and ultimately loses his life as the victim of his own destruction.
Sadism, the most persistent aspect of power in the film, has been a significant feature of Gothic literature and art. As stated by the American critic Mark Edmundson, "you cannot have Gothic without a cruel hero-villain; without a cringing victim; and without a terrible place?in which the drama can unfold" (Davenport-Hines, 8)...
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