The purpose of the following essay is to determine the various causes for the terror of character of the novel Ferdinand. This novel is a gothic novel in its genre and the many characters have been portrayed in order to show the distress and fear among the character and their distresses (Radcliffe 2017). The supernatural issues are also there in the novel as well. Ferdinand has been portrayed as one of the most important characters in the novel and the various supernatural elements have been depicted in the book as well. The author of the book is Ann Radcliffe who has mixed up all these elements for the successful fulfillment of the theme.
The main themes of the novel
One of the main themes of the novel is that of the supernatural elements. The novel has been written by setting its background in Italy (Radcliffe 2008). The two main characters of the novel are the two sisters namely Julia and Emilia. The two sisters had been brought up by their stepmother since their own mother had died previously. The supernatural elements come into action since Julia had escaped because her father wanted her to get married to Duke of Luano. Her father was Ferdinando Mazzini who had been the very stern and dominating as well. The setting was to be made for the wedding ceremony of Julia and Duke of Luano. However, the news came that Julia was not in the room where she was supposed to stay. This had raised a big concern among the Duke and the servants. In this humdrum and the vanishing of Julia, it was communicated that she was found in the middle of Marentino forest (Baldick and Mighall 2012).
When this news came out everyone rushed to the spot including the Duke. However, she was not found there as well. Julia always wanted to marry Hyppolito but she was restrained back from doing so by her father. Her brother was Ferdinand who had escaped from the kingdom but he had told Julia that Hyppolito was very much alive. As per the author, Ferdinand’s mind had always been clear of the superstitions. However, in the midst of such supernatural incidents such situations occurred that he had no other option but to believe in those things. He had heard some mutterings that could have been led him to believe that those moans and mutterings were from Della Campo who had been murdered earlier in the story (Kilgour 2013).
These moans and mutterings of the dead Della Campo had made him completely terrified indeed. This situation had also terrified the servants as well. This is why they wanted to inform Ferdinand about these things and Ferdinand got completely scared. He did not forget his oath and only because of that he did not speak a word indeed (Kilgour 2013). He was sure that the murdered spirit of the Della Campo would appear to take the revenge for the murder. This would really be a very horrifying thing for Ferdinand (Byron and Townshend 2013). It seemed that Ferdinand would die because of that terrifying situation as well. These supernatural situations could be taken from the essay ‘On the Supernatural in Poetry’.
Ferdinand has heard these sounds from the southern buildings as well. This had made him more vulnerable to these situations. He was so much frightened that he could not say a word as well (Tracy 2015). Ferdinand also had heard a very strange secret from his father that had completely been a threat to his life and many more related aspects as well. His honor was also in distress as well. These are really the main themes of the Gothic novels as well. That southern part of the castle was so much terrifying and Ferdinand’s father had revealed this to Ferdinand as well (Botting 2013). His father was also feeling the sense of horror that he had succumbed to. The fact turned out that Ferdinand had to believe that the spirit of the murdered persons came back to the earth and this was just to take the revenge on the people who were involved in the murder (Tracy 2015).
Ferdinand was so much afraid of the things that he got excited in the worst type of ways. He had lost all the faith on his mortal powers as well. Ferdinand could not escape from the dungeon since Peter did not accept the bribe offered by Ferdinand. This is where the fear of Ferdinand gets all the more intensified (Harris 2013). This thought of horror had made Ferdinand palpable and susceptible to the conditions and he had no other way to pass his nights in utter anxiety. The danger was very much in front of Ferdinand as Peter had approached the dungeon.
He and Ferdinand spent the nights in the dungeon just waiting for some miracle to happen and make them free. The terror in their part could not be abolished by any means indeed (Harris 2013). This is when they wanted to get rid of these supernatural events. The feeling of destruction for the innocent man had been the most dangerous thing that Ferdinand had ever encountered. The noise or the sound that had originated from a special part of the building was indeed very much terrifying as well and Ferdinand said he could never forget that thing in his life. The adventure in the castle and the rashness of the marquis had been the main reason for his terror.
It can be concluded from the above section that the Ferdinand was suffering from the horror incidents since he was imprisoned in the castle and he had seen and felt the strange things there. The noise he heard was very much strange and he had been utterly terrified because of this in the utmost ways indeed. The fear knew no bounds since his father had also told him of those sounds that had been the main cause of terror for him as well.
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