‘The descent into hell’ puts the ‘Gothic’ literature of this time into the political and social context of that era, a time of upheaval. The century after the end of the 1760s saw a huge proliferation of Gothic literature. These works appealed particularly to the lower middle-class and female readerships. The style reached its height at the beginning of the 19th century with classics such as Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Dracula. The term ‘Gothic novel’ was not used until the 1920s. However, the style was instantly recognisable and parodied.