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In Brown's time, critics harshly faulted Brown for using ventriloquism as the device that drove the plot of the novel. Clara is saved by the intervention of neighbors and her brother is taken to prison. See also, Charles Brockden Brown Criticism. Brown's novels combine several Revolutionary-era fiction subgenres with other types of late-Enlightenment scientific and medical knowledge. Plot and Major Characters The title character of the novel is Theodore Wieland, whose sister Clara narrates the family's story, beginning with the arrival of their father from England.
Favorable reception of Arthur Mervyn motivated Brown to produce a quick sequel, which can be read as a stand-alone story. In Brown's time, critics considered the work to be unsophisticated because of its dependence on the conventions of Gothic novels and novels of seduction. Wieland realizes the enormity of his crimes and commits suicide. Benjamin Rush recommended Brown in as an ideal author for a history of penal reform in Philadelphia. The fever returned in both here and in New York, where it infected Brown and killed his best friend, Dr.
An American Tale was based on a true story about a devoted father and brother who turns delusional and murderous. Issues of interpretation and the dangers of reaching conclusions based on insufficient knowledge are also prominent themes. The mysterious Carwin appears on the scene, and suggests that the voices may be caused by human mimicry. Fitzgerald three decades ago. My ancestor may be considered as the founder of the German Theatre.
She then goes to Europe with her uncle, and eventually marries Pleyel. The next morning, Pleyel accuses Clara of having an affair with Carwin. When she arrives, there are strange noises and lights, and she sees a glimpse of Carwin's face. Major Themes Most critics and scholars interpret Wieland as a cautionary tale on the dangers of religious fervor or as an indictment of patriarchal institutions. At Theodore's house, Clara finds that everyone seems to be asleep, so she continues on to her own home, where she is to meet with Carwin.
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