northern girl, autumnborn, strange & sparkly, stubbornly full of hope, overemotional optimist, hopeless romantic. has probably touched glitter today.
Why hello there! It is always a pleasure to meet one of Rin’s followers. Thank you for your kind compliment—I am honored that you like my blog, and honored to have received this inquiry!
I must confess, I positively lit up with delight when I saw this question in my inbox, as it combines two of my favorite topics. In short, my answer is a resounding yes. I think the heroines of Fate share tropes common to Gothic heroines. Moreover, I am aware that Fate appeals to me as much as it does precisely because it is structured similarly to Gothic literature.
To ensure clarity, a quick definition is in order. The Gothic literary genre rose to prominence in Europe in the late eighteenth century and is steeped in an atmosphere of mystery and suspense. It combines horror with Romanticism to brilliant effects. The aesthetics are easily recognized—candles flickering in dark corridors, terrifying sounds issuing from subterranean dungeons, secret passageways, imposing castles, foggy cemeteries. You may be asking what this has to do with Fate, to which I would say much! True, Fate does not take place in a crumbling castle in the English countryside. But the atmosphere and aesthetics of Gothic literature exist to complement the definitive terror lurking in the pages—and that is the existential nature of humankind.
(The proverbial light bulb should be lit at this point!)
Gothic literature is highly emotionally-charged and dwells upon a quest for the sublime, for ultimate truth, while focusing on the inevitability of decay, and the futility of humanity’s achievements. To this end, tropes such as hereditary curses, supernatural adversaries, and psychological terror are often employed. Fate also highlights these topics while employing similar themes—the supernatural, secrets, madness, suspense, death, a hereditary blood feud between three families that has traversed centuries (and affects everything and everyone in its path). And, in true Gothic form, Fate tips its hat to the Medieval tradition that gives the genre its name in the first place.
There are many characters we could analyze, but since you have inquired after the heroines, I will focus on the primary ladies—Sakura, Saber, Irisviel, and Rin.
(I am so sorry that I have been mainly absent for the last little while, dearhearts -
I’ve poked in briefly over the past week or so but have probably missed some things; please call my attention to anything you would like me to see -
I will try to be around more this week <3 you are all darling hearts and I hope you all are having lovely weeks and days and months!)
I was born so she could save me. That’s what she’s done! She’s the reason I was born…
When love is for the highest bidder, there can be no trust.
The beautiful places:
Opera Garnier, Paris