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Comparing And Contrasting Elements Of Horror In Dracula And Frankenstein

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In “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” evil is the basis of both novels. However in both novels the evil displayed is different and has different intensities. In “Dracula”, there are portrayals of death and world domination because of the Count’s evil aspirations and his supernatural abilities including immortality and his ability to make endless hordes of minions that will serve him in his evil plans. In “Frankenstein” however, there is only a feeling of fright because there is a monster on the loose, but has no real chance at plaguing a nation such as Dracula would have done to England if not for Jonathan Harker and Van Helsing.
In “Frankenstein” the evil portrayed throughout the novel is created from dead human body parts made to live by a sadistic scientist who thinks he wants to play God and start a new and beautiful species. In reality you have to make use of willing suspension of disbelief for this novel to even make you raise an eyebrow. “Frankenstein” is a very fictous novel and only has slightly accelerated elements of fear because some monster was abandoned and disowned by its creator. Otherwise, if Victor had of stayed with his creation and nurtured it in its time of need this book might not have even been seen as a gothic novel because there would have been no bloodshed. Note that most of the murders that took place in the story that the monster committed were incited because the monster was looking for someone who wouldn’t judge him by his cover. For example look at the murder of Victor’s brother William. The monster came to him because he believed that he wouldn’t judge him and William would consider him a friend because he was still at the age that you can be friends with anyone. “Frankenstein is a horrific novel which features a normally kind and gentle monster. In fact the only thing that Mary Shelley does right as far as scary stories goes is making the monster defiant. One of these acts of defiance was in chapter twenty when the monster says, “You are my creator, but I am your...

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