Instead of conforming to this perception, people were only led to believe the word to mean “dark and ominous”. Gothic architecture, with the foreboding atmosphere posed around it, correlates with the Gothic novel because it has been a prevalent backdrop to gothic novels in the 19th century, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. These Gothic horror stories were some of the first examples of the horror genre, and are therefore vital for the understanding this field. In its historical context, the gothic horror genre is believed to have emerged as a response to a time of rational thought, the Enlightenment or the Age of Reason. This intellectual movement a... ... middle of paper ... ...tablished in the modern horror genre, thus it is practical to observe the archetypes of the Gothic novel as well.
The horror industry has been virtually dominating Asian cinema over the past few years, overshadowing any other genre in consistency of production and consequent box-office reaping. Countries like Japan, South Korea and Thailand have tapped on this market, fuelling their local film industries and clearly profiting from the appeal that horror movies have over audiences globally. Yet, even as we look beyond the economic profitability of this genre, we will discover far more reasons why this genre of films has remained thrillingly popular. From secret witch covens to the Hungarian fan club of the immortal Nosferatu, throngs of people infest cinemas for their share of head wrenching, gut spilling and certainly eye popping experiences. These true aficionados of the horror genre separate themselves from typical horror philistines (mainly teenagers out for a quick thrill ride).
Bram Stoker’s Dracula Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a classic example of Gothic writing. Gothic writing was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the early centuries, Gothic writing would frighten the audience and it was also used as a style of architecture. Dracula, which was first published in 1897, would definitely cause a shock as there was a supernatural being, roaming around sucking people’s blood by the neck. Gothic literature usually includes vampires, monsters or some type of ancient mystical creature.
“Like many movie versions of novels, Frankenstein featuring the actor Boris Karloff altered the story” (Hermansson). The movies that were made shows that this story is a big deal. When novels are turned into movies they are true classics. By looking at the main gothic elements and breaking them apart it will show that this is truly a gothic story. For example theme and setting are very important elements for this story.
This period saw a resurgence of the horror genre, this time adapted to the new medium of film. However, the way horror was portrayed via film is the interesting part: it drew specifically on the struggles of the nation to instill horror. This is an exact reversal of the idea of cinematic escapism, since many Weimar era horror films used relatable struggles in order to both entertain and terrify (in this case, existing concurrently as well as dependently on each other). One of the clearest examples of this is through the film Nosferatu, a cinematic retelling of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula directed by F.W. Murnau.
(Bown, 2001) All of these factors affected the interest in supernatural that meant interest in ghosts, vampires, werewolves, extraordinary human abilities, and other fantasy creatures. Supernatural cannot be explained by rational or scientific means. In this chapter supernatural is analyzed as a part of the Gothic novel connecting it with possibly the most popular supernatural beings of modern day - Vampires that have inspired more books and films than all other mythical creatures together. Supernatural literature uses persistent themes, images, and symbols to picture the human condition. Supernatural appears throughout literature but it is best-known in the literary genre called “Gothic,” which developed in the late eighteenth-century with the publication of Horace Walpole's novel “The Castle of Otranto” (1765), which Walpole called a “Gothic story”.
Specifically, this paper will be looking at Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein through different interpretations. Themes and symbolism are two of the most important aspects that authors use to convey deeper meaning, and is vital to the reader’s full understanding of the literature. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a classic piece of literature that has survived through the ages. Dracula has become a famous villain in countless movies and has been the inspiration for many others. What many people may miss about this book first written in 1897 is the purpose and symbolism behind this famous vampire.
Overview Dracula has appealed to readers for almost a century, at least in part because it deals with one of the great human conflicts: the struggle between good and evil. Stoker acknowledges the complexity of this conflict by showing good characters attracted to evil. For example, Jonathan Harker, the lawyer who journeys to Transylvania, is almost attacked at Dracula's castle by three young female vampires. In fact, he seems to be actually welcoming the attack before it is interrupted by the count. In this scene, as well as others, Stoker suggests that evil, represented by the vampires, is an almost irresistible force which requires great spiritual strength to overcome.
The History of the Vampire Count Dracula has been the frontrunner for the modern day vampire lore and legends since being printed back in 1897, pop culture took the vampire traits from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and twisted them. In modern portrayals of vampire lore, each author chooses an original aspect from Stoker but then creates a little bit of their own lore in the process. Count Dracula appears to be a walking corpse from the pale and gaunt visual aesthetics to the coolness of his undead skin (Stoker). In some cultures, the vampire is able to transform from the body of a human being to that of a fellow creature of the night, a bat. In the novel Dracula more than one town was easily visualized through the detailed descriptions throughout the novel, thus
Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction using words to express emotions of fear and mystery. From allegorical and moral messages, Nathaniel Hawthorne taught themes of human sins and isolation through his novels. H.P. Lovecraft brought the concept of supernatural creatures and fictional ideas, changing the history of horror stories. From these authors, they greatly impacted and influenced not only the history of writing but many authors of our generations.