Melmoth the Wanderer: Stories within Stories

Video essay by Lit Tips

“Terror is very fond of associations; we love to connect the agitation of the elements with the agitated life of man; and never did a blast roar, or a gleam of lightning flash, that was not connected in the imagination of some one, with a calamity that was to be dreaded, deprecated, or endured,–with the fate of the living, or the destination of the dead.” — Charles Maturin

Melmoth and Religion

catholic church torture tactics
catholic church torture tactics
A torture atrocity of The Inquisition.

Who was Charles Maturin?

drawing of an author
drawing of an author
Artistic rendering of Charles Maturin

The Seeds of Melmoth and Gothic Literature

Artwork of the Inquisition and persecution
Artwork of the Inquisition and persecution

Stories within Stories

Shadowy man walks toward a smoky cottage
Shadowy man walks toward a smoky cottage

The Tales of Melmoth

Stanton’s manuscript

The Tale of the Spaniard

The Tale of the Indian

The Tale of the Guzman Family

Old man with a horrible smile eating food
Old man with a horrible smile eating food

The Lover’s Tale

Cloaked woman walks in wilderness
Cloaked woman walks in wilderness

Melmoth’s Fateful End

Vampiric man looking upon a Brit with mutton chops
Vampiric man looking upon a Brit with mutton chops

“I have traversed the world in the search, and no one to gain that world, would lose his own soul!”

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