Comparative Essay Essay, Research Paper

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Frankenstein, Short story Pages: 17 (7781 words) Published: April 14, 2013
I have been given the task of comparing three stories of suspense in three different styles of writing. During this essay I will discuss the way each story is written, how and why certain effects are achieved and what elements contribute to the mood and suspense of the story. Finally, I will conclude as to which story I have found the most successful. An important thing to look at when studying a story, in my opinion, is the title. Titles of some stories give away the plots or endings, where others are completely abstract and thought provoking, providing no clue as to what the story will be about. Either “Frankenstein” or “The Raven” is the best title out of the three stories that I have read. They give away that the story is about someone named Frankenstein or a raven, but nothing else that would spoil the plot or ending. This is beneficial to the reader, who would be able to get more involved in the story as more of the plot unfolds, especially in a novel. The title “Man Overboard” tells us that the story is about a man falling overboard. At first I considered it could be a metaphor but after reading the story, I found that it wasn´t. A story with a title that gives away the plot has advantages and disadvantages. Giving away some of the plot could make someone interested and make him or her want to know how that certain thing happened, for example, how the man fell overboard. A lot of the time, that is not always what happens. In some cases, the plot is given away too much by the title, which makes the story less exciting and spontaneous for the reader. The three stories I read were in the form of a novel, a short story and a poem. This had a dramatic effect on the way I thought about the stories and how I could analyse them. The novel contained many characters and small plots scattered around a central story line. This made it very complex and hard to understand at times, which kept me interested because I was determined to understand the story. Eventually, all of the smaller plots merged into one as a result of the consequences of the larger one. The novel contained many different ideas and philosophies about valuable subjects such as life, death and religion. The short story contained one plot and one main character and was much easier to understand. The plot was described in a fair amount of detail and didn´t contain any ideas or philosophies like the novel. The poem was written in structured verses and contained a balanced amount of rhyme in each verse. It contained nineteenth century ideas about superstition and death which made it more similar to the novel, but only had one plot with one main character. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley is a novel, which was first published in 1818. The story is written in the first person, told by Doctor Victor Frankenstein, himself. He tells us how he created a being from the limbs of other dead people, how he shunned the being because of its appearance and how he dealt with the consequences he had to face. Although “Frankenstein” is a nineteenth century story, Shelley uses many modern ideas and issues concerning science, philosophy and religion that are still relevant in society today to tell her story. The main plot in “Frankenstein” shows a developing world and highlights the rate at which our ideas are evolving. This is partly why “Frankenstein” is still such a successful story and is told in many different forms all around the world. “Frankenstein” is written in prose but contains verse in three instances to back up previous ideas and to communicate emotions more effectively. In chapter five on page fifty-seven, Shelley integrated part of “The Ancient Mariner”, by Coleridge, into the story to reinforce how Frankenstein was feeling after he had created the monster. “The Ancient Mariner” was a popular poem in the nineteenth century and contained the same sorts of ideas as “Frankenstein”. The story of “The Ancient Mariner” is set at sea and is about a man who was punished because...
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