Behind the gothic is the idea of imprisonment within and the breaking through boundaries. Not only is TKM rich in references to the superficial trappings of the gothic, but the idea of boundaries which separate people is central to the novel's larger meaning.
Boundaries usually imprison but sometimes protect. Boo and Tom are not only literally imprisoned, but are metaphorically imprisoned in stereotypes. Scout feels that "a pink cotton penitintiary" is soon to descend upon her. When characters attempt to break out of boundaries, violence inevitably breaks out:
The children try to break through the boundary to Boo Radley and Scout tries to break through the boundary of race that seperates her from Calpurnia by trying to visit her house. In breaking boundaries to know and sympathize with those once frightening people and things foreign to us, we gain new perspectives on ourselves and embrace difference.
Provide them with the following list or use theirs. After discussing their gothic elements, can they match those on the lists to events in TKM?