However, today, a reader might even deem Shelley’s progeny boring, or tedious to get through. The culture we live in has been desensitized to many things that would have filled one with fear during the 1800’s. Explicit media such as television and film provide us with graphic images of violence, sex, and gore. But in the time of Mary Shelly, the suspense and spooky intrigue of books and plays were the only way to "get carried away with your imagination" and there was certainly plenty in Frankenstein to scare. However, since the nineteenth century there have been significant cultural changes, which has affected what is scary in the original book and the consequent productions of Frankenstein.
Even though Victor is successful in creating a human heart beat with the use of dead human rem... ... middle of paper ... ... accused mankind of being barbaric. If Victor and society would have been able to get past their prejudices of the unfamiliar, Victor, his family, and the monster may have been fortunate enough to avoid their doomed endings. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein focuses on several social and emotional themes throughout the novel. The consequence of obtaining too much knowledge for one’s good begins Victor Frankenstein on a canter to an early, lonely grave. The theme of isolation inevitably creates two dangerous monsters within Victor and his creation.
So in an odd way then, Shelley leaves us to decide whether we think ‘the monster’ IS human or NOT and the ways our experiences shape us into the people we become. In addition to this-the story of Victor Frankenstein and his great creation is much more than a typical horror story. It is an insight to Mary Shelley’s life and a way of describing her pain and loneliness. So, to conclude Frankenstein is a ‘horror’ story which in fact is enormously realistic and covers everyday issues and a diverse amount of themes.
Also, one feels a certain amount of apprehension that the monster is deserted by his creator and loses control without his support and guidance. The novels were written in the 19th century, ‘Frankenstein’ was first published in 1818 and ‘Dracula’ was first published in 1897. In this century there was a fanaticism with Gothic horror stories and these novels reflect this. In the last century, a wide audience would have appreciated these novels, although they are not great literary accomplishments, people of that period enjoyed reading this type of story, filled with horror, suspense and intrigue. The very idea that such an evil and frightening creature could exist shocked and aroused the curiosity of many people at this time.
Even though Dracula was published many years late , it brought a whole other type of literature to the board. In this century there was a fascination with Gothic horror and these two novels fit in perfectly. All throughout the Dracula, a feeling of failure and doom prevails because of his supernatural powers. Dracula ... ... middle of paper ... ...n. As you can see, the evil features are in both Dracula and Frankenstein, but the presentation of this evil is different in both novels. Rarely has another novel been able to come close to the dismay that the witness experiences in Dracula.
Much of Victorian Gothic literature plays to the Victorian doubt in what they believe, especially as concerns science and what is largely assumed to be medieval superstition. By playing on these fears, authors are able to create stories that are horrifying on several levels. First of all, the action that goes on in the book is enough to make the readers skin crawl. However, the authors go farther and use their audiences natural fears and doubts to create a story that is sensational on all levels. Works Cited Davenport-Hines, Richard.
Though many people in our time may never fully appreciate what the Gothic era gave to us, or understand the dark themes they present I will. The Gothic era just like the many horror movies and books that I love so much the Gothics have a way of pulling a person like me completely into the story they are trying to provide to us as the reader. Gothic literature helps us to exercise our minds by making us dig deep and determine our own inner truths and fears. With this idea we need to learn to broaden our perspectives and to think critically of the piece, rather than basing our judgments off of just what it is that we are reading. The use of extreme and dramatic emotions in Gothic writings really makes us as the reader think about how the reading affects us on the insid... ... middle of paper ... ...King.
Just before he starts to tell his story, he tells Robert Walton that his story has "unparalleled misfortunes" and that he has "memories of evil" this is meant to strike fear into the reader and into Robert Walton, it shows that Victor Frankenstein is deeply horrified with what has happened to him. There is also evil in this story a... ... middle of paper ... ...ypical through out all of the book. I believe that Frankenstein is definitely a horror story and that it is also a Gothic story, because it has many features that are typical of these genres. I do not believe that they are the main genres though, as the Romantic genre is a lot more dominant in this novel. I believe that this is mainly because of the time period that it was set in, as it was written in 1818, and this was when people were starting to discard the horror genre, and they were starting to believe in nature.
I think Mary Shelly's novel of "Frankenstein" is to a great extent typical of the gothic genre, it has a lot of the techniques used by gothic writers and uses a lot of the affects. However the novel is not totally typical of the gothic era because there is no proper good verses evil, the monster is meant to be evil but we as the reader feel far more sympathy for the monster and less to Frankenstein. Frankenstein is the protagonist and main character so we are typically meant sympathise with him, but the novel looses the gothic edge when we start hearing things from the monsters view and so start to feel sorry for him, and roles switch like they did when the monster and Frankenstein met the reader does not really know who to sympathise with towards the end.
In Gothic novels, horror is often created by personal memories, historical events, uncontrollable subconscious and anything that people attempt to escape from. The symbolisation of horrible sources and even the embodiment of horror itself are rather common. Considering Romantic writers, Mary Shelley and Jane Austen enjoy high reputation in composing Gothic novels. Yet, these two authors have distinct understanding of Gothic. As a result, the way and purpose they apply horror to their fictional stories are entirely different.