Kramer’s Dimensions of Death in Gifford’s Gothic Novel Secrets of the Sea House

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Abstract

All beings believe death to be the end of life, although only physical death results in the cessation of life as we know it forever. Psychological and spiritual death might briefly infiltrate a person’s life. The latter two sorts of death, which temporarily interfere with life, are more common in today’s busy lifestyle and include true dread. In gothic novels, physical death’s impact on the psyche is an unavoidable facet. This death serves as a major tenet for the development of the plot in Elisabeth Gifford’s contemporary gothic novel, Secrets of the Sea House. Through qualitative research and a descriptive analysis of the novel, along with death studies as outlined by Kenneth Kramer, the present article explores how deftly the novel makes use of these studies and how they relate to people’s contemporary way of life. This study also explores how various dimensions of death affect a person’s life.