Frankenstein vs Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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Samantha Fajardo
Frankenstein Comparative Essay
Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, is a novel about a creature that is produced by Victor Frankenstein, as a result of his desire to discover the secret of life. Dr. Frankenstein founded this secret by animating dead flesh and stitching human corpses together to create a superhuman. As a reader, one realizes the consequences of Victor’s discoveries through series of unfortunate events that occur in the novel. The story begins with four letters which help introduce the story from Walton’s perspective as he meets Victor and learns the truth and tragedy behind Dr. Frankenstein. However, throughout the novel, letters are sent from Elizabeth and Alphonse, which further develop the story. Letters also help develop the plot of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson, which is a story that depicts the mystery of Dr. Jekyll. Throughout the novel, one discovers that the evil character of Edward Hyde is a result of Henry Jekyll drinking a special potion; therefore making him change from Mr. Hyde into Dr. Jekyll. The letters in the novel help the reader discover the truth behind Dr. Jekyll and his true identity, as events in the story implement this mystery. In both novels, the letters reveal important information that helps to progress the plot, develop characters and intrigue the reader.

In both Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the letters progress the plot and help the reader further understand the reasons for certain events. As the story begins to unfold, suspicious occurrences question what one thought they know at the beginning of this novel. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mr. Guest is asked to compare Mr. Hyde’s handwriting in his letter of confession, to Henry Jekyll’s handwriting on a dinner invitation. Mr. Guest concludes that they are identical, but slanted in opposite directions, and as well said it was written in “an odd hand”. As a reader, questions of curiosity arise, as...
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