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3. Utopian Promise   

3. Gothic Undercurrents

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Henry Ward Beecher - Teaching Tips

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  • Try applying the kind of gothic images Beecher uses to decry prostitution to another current social problem such as factory conditions in underdeveloped countries, child abuse, or the current "epidemic" of obesity in American children. Which of these problems lends itself to a gothic treatment that would likely persuade an audience of its injustice or intolerableness? Which aspects of each problem can be "gothicized," and which do not seem to work? Think in particular of how the gender and ages of the people involved affect your ability to perform this task.

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