Mad, bad etc
Posted by Stolzi on October 18, 1997 at 20:00:57:
In response to Mad, Bad, ect..., written by Cassia on October 18, 1997 at 14:13:35
[ Perhaps, by seeking such a hero the heroines are also setting themselves a quest but unlike the traditional male quest this is an internal one, "be all that you can be" by proving your devotion to me, as impossible as I am.
I have wondered if the Gothic is not the paradigm story of the female individuation quest, much as many feminists would dislike it. Possibly the female has to grow up in the process of learning to love a man: and even ordinary men are quite scary to a young girl; in the Gothic the proportions of his madness, badness and the rest are blown up to a scale that no one can miss!
But, of course, he gets "tamed by the love of a good woman."
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