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Sensation shock, horror, etc. The evidence of the senses. Brockden -Brown Archive and Scholarly Edition biographical material, etc. Another short Brown Biography. The first two chapters of the book give an extensive family history of Clara and Wieland.

Why is this information included? Are there chxrles in which this history explains the actions of Wieland? Why might Brown have chosen a female narrator? Is Clara an example of an empowered woman? What are the primary features of the temple? What key events happen here? What changes occur in its use? What does it represent symbolize? This novel can be compared to a legal case where we the readers serve as a jury evaluating evidence.

The characters also interpret the evidence presented before them. What does their interpretation of events tell us about them individually? In what ways does this story remind you of a horror film? How does it horrify its audience? The Death of the Elder Wieland. Brown quite obviously disagrees with his character. As you read, consider how, in Wielanda single family chrles a model from which to sketch the character of a nation.

Why might Brown have included the story of Louisa Conway in his narrative? What function does it have? chafles


Brwon Wieland is a scholar of the Roman Orator Cicero. Why might this be significant? Why might Brown have sent this novel to Thomas Jefferson? What does the novel have to say about the effects of the American Revolution? I received on my arrival here some days ago the copy of the book you were so kind as to send me together with your letter, for which be pleased to accept my thanks.

As soon as I am in a situation to admit it which is hardly the case here I shall read it; I doubt not with great pleasure.

Some of the most appeasable moments of my life have been spent reading works of brpwn which have this advantage over history, that the incidents of the former may be addressed in the most interesting form, while those of the latter must be confined to fact. They cannot therefore present virtue in the best and vice in the worst forms possible, as the former may. I have the honor to be with great consideration [?

What elements of the Gothic genre are present in this tale of horrors? Where does the novel break from Gothic conventions? Consider the primary traits of each of the main characters. What philosophy or belief guides them?

What are their weaknesses? Why is Clara so fascinated by Carwin? In what ways does he attempt to seduce her? How effective is his seduction?

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Who in the novel is engaged in deception? What are the reasons for deceiving?

What are the effects of these deception? Who is suspected of deception and on what evidence? What happens to the love story as the plot progresses? How does it meet, or fail to meet, or expectations as readers?

Clara is always writing. What does writing symbolize in the novel. When and why do these characteristics fail her? Is she a strong woman truly or not? Pay careful attention to how the various characters Wieland, Pleyel, Clara, Carwin reach conclusions. What evidence do they rely upon? How trustworthy is that evidence? In what ways does this story remind you of the Salem Witch Trials?


What do you have in common as you read the novel and experience events vicariously? What does her virtue represent in the novel? What is it a metaphor for? Examine how religion is portrayed in the novel. Why is Wieland able to accept the command to kill?

What does this deed mean to him? Can you, as a reader, eliminate any of these options? Pay attention to the surprise factor in the novel and what Clara says about surprise. What is the nature of surprise under what circumstances are we surprises? What kinds of surprises occur in the novel? What is the relationship between surprise and reason? Is there a rational explanation for the events of the final chapters?

Would you convict anyone of these murders? What evidence would you offer? Who in this novel is transformed? Are there any positive transformations? Do you buy the conclusion she reaches in the final paragraph?

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Do you think these moral aims are achieved? Does the novel preach the values of discipline and avoiding deceit? Why might the protagonists those who survive, at least wind up living in Europe?