On Earth 5, everything is very much the same except Oliver died in the Undertaking and Sara took his place as The Arrow/Green Arrow, Diggle is Black Lightning, Felicity is possessed by a demonic vigilante named Etrigan, Barry is married to Caitlin, and Iris is a badass anti-hero named Ravager.
A/N: Hello everyone! This is the beginning of my new series and I hope y’all would enjoy it! Just some side notes, my OC is heavily inspired by Evangeline Samos of the ‘Red Queen’ series by @vaveyard , one of my most favourite authors, as well as the ‘MAMA’ MV by Exo themselves! This dystopian series has a heavy theme of feminism and gender equality, a topic which I felt needs more exposure! Enjoy, my babies, and remember to leave feedback when you’re done reading! x
Genre: Dystopian/Supernatural/Action/Smut in later parts
Word Count: 8825
Synopsis: In the
land of Exotica, thirteen kingdoms reign. Thirteen different types of bestowed
powers, thirteen different types of abilities, thirteen different types of
gifts. In this world, everybody is bestowed with only one ability. So what
happens when The Chosen One is discovered to possess all thirteen powers at
‘Survival isn’t a race. It’s a dance’.
I, Princess Kwon Syona, was born with the bestowed gift of
being able to manipulate metal. It’s a deadly power and I wasn’t always a
master at it; in fact, I’d always struggled to accept it when I was younger,
unable to comprehend the fact that such an unassuming young girl like me was
gifted with such power.
Over the years, I’d observed with wide-eyed awe as metal
pieces bent to my every will, creaking and groaning with a mere flick of my
wrist. Steel knives slice through air whenever I command them to, aluminium
foils twisting and turning into dangerous daggers and harmless silver jewellery
morphing into weapons of my choice.
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Okay guys - if you’re in the same position I was last year and you are studying the ever cheerful Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte as an example of “the Gothic”, it’s a good idea to have a list of Gothic conventions, structural elements and language points. Luckily past me went to a revision session about 6 months ago, and these were the notes that I made. Feel free to use them:
Key Gothic Conventions:
Life and death: liminality (boundary between life and death) is a recurring motif in the book. Catherine’s ghost is liminal – appears to be dead until Lockwood “rubs” her hand against broken glass and she bleeds. Blood is a symbol of vitality. Several rejections of Christian notions of the afterlife; death wish vs will to live.
Wildness vs Cultivation: wildness – extreme emotions, violence and Wuthering Heights itself and it’s inhabitants (Heathcliff; Hindley; Catherine; Hareton). Cultivation – able to grow, moderate, refined, civilisation and morality. Thrushcross Grange and the characters who live there (Edgar; Isabella; Cathy; Linton; Lockwood. Even Nelly is seen as moderate)
Fear: terror – fear of violence, death and the supernatural. A base emotion. “Terror made me cruel” – Lockwood’s fear leads him to violence, although arguably this is a result of him staying the night at Wuthering Heights.
Wuthering Heights – “atmospheric tumult”, “stunted firs”, “narrow windows”, “large jutting stones”. Wildness, unstability, bleak, unable to grow. The narrow windows arguably suggest the inhabitants of W.H. have an insular (limited) perspective of the world.
Thrushcross Grange – “crimson”, “plantation”. Cultivation, rich, luxuriant, decadent and has a fertility and an ability to grow. However, the Lintons (Isabella, Edgar and Linton) are physically weak in contrast to the hardier inhabitants of Wuthering Heights
The Moors – outside of society and therefore freedom
Women: the Gothic often focuses on the virgin vs femme fatale. Isabella very much is the ‘innocent victim’/virgin stereotype but Catherine’s presentation is more skewered
Heathcliff: can be interpreted as a hero, anti-hero, villain or an oppressed victim
Key Structural Elements:
Unreliable narration/distorting frame narrative: two biased, unreliable narrators whose views are subjective. They are a conventional 19th century Christian woman (Nelly) and a conventional, cultivated, repressed 19th century gentleman (Lockwood). However Nelly’s narrative has more value to it – uncommon in Victorian writing. She is also an ‘insider’ while Lockwood (and the reader) takes on the role of the outsider which is traditionally seen in Gothic writing
Catherine’s whip foreshadows her need for dominance, power and her tendency for violence and cruelty. Potentially could be seen as a form of prolepsis for her more masculine traits
Isabella’s dog is hung by Heathcliff; foreshadows his cruelty towards Isabella and her helplessness
Structural Parallelism: strong symmetries and parallels – creates a sense of confusion. Hareton/Cathy/Linton = Heathcliff/Catherine/Edgar. Gives a sense of the uncanny and gives the second generation to right the wrongs of the first generation; this repetition also gives a sense of the doppelganger – e.g. Hareton = 2nd generation Heathcliff, but is tamed by Catherine. Overall this repetition makes the world Bronte has created to feel unsettling, unnatural and incestuous. It makes the reader (and Lockwood) feel uncomfortable. The cruelty of the old generation is also repeated in the younger generation – violence breeds violence
Romantic ending/denouement: Cathy improves Hareton by educating and civilising him – the ending of a conventional romantic novel. Can be seen as quite anti climatic
Turning point/pivotal moment: “it would degrade me to marry Heathcliff” – Heathcliff runs away and she chooses Edgar and cultivation over Heathcliff and wildness. He proves her wrong by accumulating wealth in the three years he is away. His revenge is set in motion – her speech to Nelly is a catalyst; takes Hareton and seduces Isabella. We celebrate it until it has effects on the second generation – it’s excessive, cruel and unjustified, but most of all it is extreme and afterwards Heathcliff is portrayed as a monstrous figure.
Key Language Elements:
Antithesis: natural imagery – “fire” vs “frost”, “moonbeam” vs “lightning” – Catherine contrasts Edgar and Heathcliff through these images
Lexical Field: pejoriative (insulting) Gothic terminology (e.g. “imp of Satan) mainly used by Hindley and Nelly. A way to suggest that Heathcliff is not human and a way to present his behaviour as evil, deviant and going against Christian values (hypocritical of Hindley). Trying to present him as a monster even though the majority of Heathcliff’s actions are not that bad from a modern perspective
Hyperbole: “I cannot live without my soul” - may seem romantic but can be seen as blasphemous to a contemporary reader; shows extreme emotions
Pathetic Fallacy: “atmospheric tumult”, “violent winds” – portrays extreme emotions of the inhabitants, generally of W.H.
The windows: symbolic of a liminal space – blurred boundary between life and death. Lintons’ window is a gateway to seeing a different lifestyle (a boundary between wildness and cultivation). Catherine sees this and becomes interested in wealth and social status. Heathcliff’s eyes are “black fiends” which “never open their windows” – only Catherine can see them. The “narrow windows” of W.H. give an insular perspective on the outside world and can symbolise imprisonment
Catherine refers to her body as a “shattered prison” – trapped in a bourgeois C19 marriage and the limitations of a pregnant female body. “Shattered” – she sees it as destructive and death as an escape into a “glorious world”
Physical imprisonment of Cathy – forced into marriage with Linton and patriarchal oppression via Heathcliff
Isabella trapped in marriage to Heathcliff. Escapes symbolically when she throws off her wedding ring and declares “I’ll smash it!”