Melodrama Novel Essay

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Melodrama Novel Ø If Wuthering Heights and Gone With The Wind were the only two melodramas I had read and viewed, then I would assume that a melodrama had a dominant female figure trying to get the attention from an evil man and that the female would be "in love" with two men, one of them being the evil man. There would be extreme behaviours and every scene would have exaggerated action. Feelings are very intense. Melodramas need a woman and man love relationship, which needs to be one of the central themes. One of the themes would be love.Ø The characters have extreme emotions.Ø The villain is evil.Ø Situations are all life and death.Ø Everything was frightening.Ø Roots are in the gothic.Ø In the 19 century there was an extravagant number of melodramas on the English stage.Ø People love to watch them because they relate to them so well.Ø The characters are deceptionaly evil.Ø There is an abundance of blood.Ø In domestic melodrama, there is an exaggeration of all the bad things that could happen.Ø A villain holds the heroine over the castle wall and the hero comes and saves her. This is a comparison to when Scarlet meets a man over a bridge and he tries to steal from her but then one of her servants comes and fights with the villain and then brings her safely back to her home.Ø Land was the only thing worth working for.Ø Comparisons of the two melodramas are as follows: Ø They contain tales of drinking and gambling and people out of control like when Hindley gambles all his money away and is drunk, and Red Butler goes to the brothel and gets drunk and gambles his money with some people in jail.Ø Scarlet O' Hara is compared to Catherine.Ø Ashley Whelks is compared to Edgar.Ø Red Butler is compared to Heathcliff.Ø Melanie is compared to two personalities Frances and Isabella.Ø Twelve Oaks is compared with Thrushcross Grange.Ø Red holds Scarlet and Red says that they are alike. This could be compared to when Catherine said that she was Heathcliff.Nelly, I am Heathcliff. pg.84 Ø Scarlet throws a hand full of dirt at a Yankee who wants to buy her house. There is a...

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