Frankenstein and Dracula comparison

Topics: Supernatural, Frankenstein, Gothic fiction Pages: 4 (1520 words) Published: February 23, 2014
“‘Frankenstein’ is primarily a novel about the supernatural” Explore this idea in Shelley’s novel and consider how Dracula illuminates your understanding of the core text. The idea of the supernatural is an idea that has been around for centuries and is an idea that both Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker choose when they wrote their novels ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula’. The idea of the supernatural in its literal meaning is the opposite of anything natural; it is the existence beyond the visible and observable universe especially when referring to Gods, Spirits, Devils or Demons. Shelley captures the supernatural in Frankenstein in her presentation of nature and for the creation and the life of Frankenstein’s monster. Stoker has also used the supernatural theme to capture the nature and weather in Dracula as well as presenting the theme in his creature Dracula who essentially is a monster. Through the creation of both of Frankenstein’s creatures Mary Shelley makes several references to the supernatural and that the creatures are supernatural’s due to their creation. Shelley first begins to explore the supernatural in the creation of Frankenstein’s monster as Victor Frankenstein is ‘infusing life into an inanimate body’. Frankenstein’s creature becomes not the working of nature or science but rather the product of the supernatural. By creating the monster from a number of different people’s body parts the monster becomes a supernatural creature and is the opposite of the normal human. Victor Frankenstein ‘had selected his features’ so this wasn’t just a dead body that was being infused with life, this was a creation of a number of different bodies sewn together for the specific purpose of creating a beautiful life. However this wasn’t a beautiful life and Victor Frankenstein soon realises that this wasn’t a human he had created but a ‘being’. During the creation of the second creature Shelley refers to the creature as a ‘devil’ and that if the two creatures instead of...
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