This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Use Of Horror In Bram Stoker's Dracula And Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

1372 words - 6 pages

A screeching scream, a dark alley, a thundering storm, lightning developing over imaginative shadows, the beat of a heart, ear shattering like an army of drums. The feeling of curiosity is at its climax, the fearful question is yet to be asked: what is waiting behind that corner? Horror is the answer. The evil monsters of the night are what people's imaginations turns to. Power, love, jealousy and death are elements that play an important role in horror. These fearful thoughts, a source of enjoyment for many, have fueled for centuries the desire of horror fiction. In Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, horror is a tragedy.In both books studied, the two main characters of ...view middle of the document...

Evil is associated with ugliness. In these two novels, Frankenstein and Dracula, it is more common to see evil being beautiful, alluring, and seductive in many cases. Dracula is in love with Mina Harker. He wants her so bad that he uses his charm at first and then his seductive power. He whispers saying, "One day or night you will be mine". Mina is no match for this and instantly shows affection. His love is so great that it leads him to his downfall. The creature in Frankenstein wants love in his life but he never gets it. As much as it hurts them to be alone, both Dracula and the creation want love in their lives. It is so sad that both characters never do experience true love the old fashion way. Dracula with his powers and the creature never experiencing at all."Narcissism is the major difference between the horror fiction and our lives. The monsters are no longer due on Maple Street, but may pop up in our own mirrors at any time"(Stephen King)This is taken in the sense that instead of running away from the horror and being afraid of it, the horror that is in these novels are there for readers to be a part of and to be able to relate and see a reflection of their own lives. With no love, out comes the one thing that ruins lives, jealousy.In Frankenstein, the creation is perceived as a negative being. His loneliness is of the literal sense being that he has no care giver, no teacher, no companion, nor does any other individual want to help him in his situation. He asks his creator,"Make me a companion?"But Frankenstein refuses. This persuades him to take out anger. He is jealous of Frankenstein because Frankenstein does have a love and for someone to play god and create a being like the creature should not have the privilege of having a love. The creature feels that he is worthless and that he does not meet the standards of society, because of this, he is jealous of everyone. Dracula's jealousy is that of Jonathan Harker because he has true love. True love is when two people love each other and show the same affection for each other, true love is not when one person uses their powers to make other people love them, thus being in the case of Dracula and Mina Harker. Both Dracula and the creature are sad and abuse their powers by killing people as a result of a solution. Dracula understanding that he has no love says:"Blood is life and it shall be mine"This means that he has given up on love with Mina Harker and tries to satisfy his own needs by turning his goal into his lifeline, blood. He realizes that he...

Other Essays On The Use Of Horror In Bram Stoker's Dracula And Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

Frankenstein And The Act Of Paying God

831 words - 4 pages plagued so many people. It comes to the point where it drives him to madness, and he becomes obsessed with the destruction of the monster (Frankenstein, 195). Playing the role of god can have horrible results on the physical as well as the mental aspects of a human. As one can tell, playing the role of god can produce horrible results, which one can learn from Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. Playing god is a continuous state of mind for Victor in

Speaks about elements used in the movie Singin in the Rain and the use of satire

343 words - 2 pages The most affective element in Singin in the Rain was the use of satire in the script and especially dealing with Mr. Simpson. The use of satire added a comical aspect to the film and it also allowed the viewer to laugh at authority. Mr. Simpson is the head of the film company and yet he doesn't seem very bright and speaks from two sides of him mouth. This is shown particularly well in two scenes in the film. The first scene showing this was when

The Use Of The Internet In Mar

1245 words - 5 pages potential of the internet for huge exposure and trade without the barriers of geography and at a lower cost. Unlocking this potential for any business in the U.K and elsewhere is no easy matter. Although several large firms in the U.K are now making real impact through e-commerce, although examples of profit's being made in small and medium (SME) sized business's are few and far between.Even though the effects of the internet on U.K's industry can

The Use Of Nature And The Natural World In Works From Constable And Buson

932 words - 4 pages , Slide 28-53), Constable illustrates his perceived oneness between man and his surroundings. In Cuckoo Flying over New Verdure (pg. 789, Slide 27-10), Buson, a Japanese artist, personalizes the Chinese literati style as one way to illustrate his innate lyric style. Both works use the natural world to portray these themes.Constable is considered one of the top English landscape paintings of the Romantic period. Born in 1776, Constable believed that

The Use Of Animals In Medical Research

1134 words - 5 pages This essay is about the use of animals in medical research. This essay talks about why labortatory animals are needed to help in the discovery of vaccines and cures, easing the burdern of chronic deseases, and ensuring humans a safe food supply. Includes the benefits and contributions animals have in medical research.Since the ancient Greeks, experimental animals have been very important to our understanding of the biological processes that

George Eliot: The Use Of Objects And Imagery In "The Mill On The Floss"

4162 words - 17 pages "The Mill on the Floss", a direct relationship between objects, economy, and man controlling the natural world and society around them is conveyed through Eliot's characters. All but Maggie place a significant amount of importance on the way the objects around them function in terms of worth; while all of the other characters use objects in a way that shows the shallowness of their feelings and their connection to economy, Maggie's attachment to

Patrick Henry's Use Of Logos, Ethos And Pathos In His Speech To The VA Convention

939 words - 4 pages Almost 2500 years ago Aristotle was born, he was born into a wealthy educated family in Greece. He was a student of the famed Plato (another Greek philosopher) and went on to make many great discoveries and theories. One of Aristotle's greatest teachings was in the art of rhetoric. Aristotle said that to be persuasive in ones arguments that one must establish credibility (ethos) use logical argument (logos), and appeal to the audience on an

This essay discusses the basic mechanics and characteristics of the ways in which we humans use wind as a tool

274 words - 2 pages have the right location. I hope to cover, in this report, the different types of windmills, their history, locations, how they are built, what wind turbines are, and the many uses of wind power. Wind power has received a lot of underlying popular support but at the same time a great deal of apathy. Wind Power is not only a term used for the power created by windmills. Wind powers is what moves a sail boat, or a wind surfer. There are many

To What Extent Did Hitler's Power Depend Upon The Use Of Propaganda And Terror In The Period From 1933-1939?

831 words - 4 pages Modern History EssayTo what extent did Hitler's power depend upon the use of propaganda and terror in the period from 1933-1939?Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 and his power depended upon propaganda for the Nazi's and terror. This essay will attempt to show how the Nazis used fear and propaganda to sustain power during the 1930s.Once Hitler became Chancellor he set out to establish a one-party state using the legal

Mockery And Superiority In Canzone: Supported By Areopagitica Examines John Milton's Use Of Mockery And Superiority In The Poem Canzone; Supported By Areopagitica

1210 words - 5 pages PAGE PAGE 4 Zimmer Rachel ZimmerProf. GraffMilton: ENGL 420June 10, 2002Mockery and Superiority in Canzone:Supported by AreopagiticaMockery, as well as a sense of pride and/or superiority comes out in many of Milton's works and he exemplifies this by writing in ways that seems to humble himself, charm the subject of the poem, and yet scoff at him/her at the same time as well as prove his high intellect. Milton's often-circular logic

TO WHAT EXTENT WAS THERE A “MID TUDOR CRISIS” DURING THE REIGNS OF EDWARD VI AND MARY I?

2112 words - 9 pages TO WHAT EXTENT WAS THERE A "MID TUDOR CRISIS" DURING THE REIGNS OF EDWARD VI AND MARY I? "The mid-Tudor crisis" is a term often used by historians to describe the reigns of Edward VI (1547-1553) and Mary I (1553-1558). This period can be seen as a crisis, due to the fact that there were so many problems financially, socially, religiously and constitutionally, which led to rebellions, and placed the country in a very unstable position.It is

Similar Papers

A Comparison Between Shelly's "Frankenstein" And Hopkins' Poetry

1244 words - 5 pages . Hopkins poetry undergoes a fundamental shift, or a falling of man.Just as with Hopkins, Shelly's "Frankenstein" also marvels at natural creation. She writes, in the character of Victor when speaking of a mountain "of this glorious presence chamber of imperial nature," "these sublime and magnificent scenes...which afforded me," She writes in Romantic language, and vividly glorifies nature. However when Shellys describes Victor seeing his

On Vol 1 And 2 Of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

1471 words - 6 pages Ishani Bhattacharya, Roll No. 181, English Hons. 3rd yearOn Volume 1 and 2 of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Or the Modern PrometheusMary Shelley, daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, was perhaps one of the first few writers to write a gothic-horror novel that also came under the then-unexplored category of science fiction. Taking up the areas of "modern chemistry" or "chemical physiology", her novel was published in the time period

Three Themes In Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"

1108 words - 5 pages Three Main Themes In FrankensteinMary Shelley illustrates many important themes in her famous novel Frankenstein. She presents these themes through the characters and their actions. Three of the most important themes in the novel are birth and creation should be left to God, alienation leads to distress, and the love of a family is always there.One of the novels' most outstanding themes is birth and creation should be left to God. The main

Frankenstein (By Mary Shelley) And Morality

826 words - 4 pages . Frankenstein will not let any example change his mind on the point that the monster is and will always be morally corupt. Continuing on his point that the monster was too evil to duplicate, Frankenstein says, 'Your threats cannot move me to do an act of wickedness; but they confirm me in determination of not creating you a companion in vice.'( pg. 163) Frankenstein will not sacrifice his morallity because of persuation from a monster. Although beholding