• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'In Cold Blood' and 'Frankenstein'. Compare how Capote and Shelley use different techniques for characterisation and their use of emotive, figurative language with the use of repition to show the theme of wasted lives

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Part A- Compare how Capote and Shelley use different techniques for characterisation and their use of emotive, figurative language with the use of repition to show the theme of wasted lives 'In Cold Blood' was written in 1966 when screenplays were very common. Authors such as Shakespeare wrote traditional plays so it was unpredictable that the readers of 'In Cold Blood' would respond to the novel well as it was the first non fiction novel Capote wrote. Capote wanted to experiment with his writing using narrative techniques of the novel to depict real life events. Capote believed that the narrator should not interrupt in novels; but the characters should tell the story themselves. Capote was able to write a novel which displayed the real events surrounding the murder of the Herb Clutter family and shaped it into a storyline. 'In Cold Blood' is based on a true story of the murders of a family- something which would be wrote about in today's society. ...read more.

Middle

Bonnie has 'bony hands' and is quite petitie which suggests that she is quite vunerable- like the creature in 'Frankenstein'. In 'Frankenstein', we get the creature's perspective, 'and what was I?' this is similar to Capote's character Bonnie with both the characters looking for reassurance from someone. Both the writers make it easy for the reader to discover new aspects of the characters personalities. Capote uses emotive language in repition to suggest that Bonnie may have had a wasted life which makes the readers have sympathy for her. Capote uses the term 'spinster aunt' which is a type of semantic change known for an unmarried woman. Even though the novel was written in 1966, the language is still easily read and understood. Unlike 'In Cold Blood', 'Frankenstein' contains language which may cause a barrier if read today. Shelley uses words like 'loathsome' and 'squalid' which would rarely be used today however the novel is still effective at portraying the gothic horror through emotive and figurative language. ...read more.

Conclusion

The insecurities that Capote brings out in his character can resemble the characters of today's famous novels. Shelley makes the readers realise that even though the creature is deformed, he is still a character who underneath his flaws should be treated the same as any other person. 'I was not even of the same nature as man', this shows that Shelley wants the readers to sympathise with the creature and almost feel his emotion. The creature's life is empty if not more than Bonnies as all he longs for is companionship. Shelley makes the readers feel quite sad for the creature as he is deprived of love. With the use of figurative and emotive language, 'I saw and heard of none like me', Shelley introduces feelings to the reader which can only be seen as human. The readers see that the creature is still an outcast even though he has tried helping people and tried being humane. It's unfortunate for the creature to have an empty life, one which he didn't really ask for and like the one Bonnie almost wished she didn't have. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    When Madox returned to England at the start of the war in 1939, he and his wife went to church, where they heard a very jingoistic sermon from the priest in support of the war. Madox took out his desert pistol and shot himself right on the spot.

  2. Compare and contrast three examples of gothic fiction

    This is a lesson, in an age when science fiction is fast becoming fact that must be remembered by those who would take up the mantle of Frankenstein, Jekyll and Moreau. These are cautionary tales of science without conscience set against a classical background of gothic splendour, sensibilities and atmosphere.

  1. Comparing "Educating Rita" and "Pygmalion"You taught me language, and my profit ont / is ...

    Also, what is significant is how Frank is dissatisfied with his life 'you won't be able to get out" gives a clear indication, that if he doesn't do something about his life, he will never be able to be happy and content again.

  2. The Use of The Four Elements in The Wars

    The earth served as a place for the soldiers to take cover from barrage, and gunfire. In a way, it may have been better for the soldiers to be out in the open. The result of living in the trenches was usually disease, lice, and being in the presence of very large rats.

  1. How do the writers of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights use setting and atmosphere ...

    Bronte infuses this scene with literary techniques such as alliteration of "rain rushed", which floods the more positive setting. The short yet abrupt rhyming words, "grave" "amazed" emphasize the powerful atmospheric conditions as they lend a sense of foreboding to the scene.

  2. Discuss how the characters use psychological defense mechanisms to protect the ego from dangerous ...

    Lesley, in Bennett's Her Big Chance, has a deluded self image. She believes that she is a professional actress and from that derives a sense of self importance, "people who know me tell me I'm a serious person, only its funny, I never get to do serious parts.

  1. A comparison of the satirical techniques in Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock ...

    The garden, an old-fashioned one, full of roses. Time of year, July. Basket chairs, and a table covered with books, are set under a large yew-tree". Cecily is engaged in watering flowers. Additionally, later in Act 2, Algy describes Cecily as, "like a pink rose".

  2. Contrasting Characterisation - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Shawshank Redemption

    A similar change is evident in The Shawshank Redemption where Darabont utilises voiceovers to convey Red?s initial perception of protagonist, Andy Dufresne, ?He had a quiet way about him, a walk and a talk that just wasn't normal around here?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work