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Wasted lives is a key theme in both "Frankenstein" and "In cold blood" and both of my articles show this in comparable ways- firstly is the wasted life of Victor Frankenstein from many Shellys Frankenstein and the wasted life of Mrs Clutter in cold blo

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The first thing I will be comparing in my two extracts is how well both novels fit into the theme of a 'gothic genera' as both novels are based on these theme's but seem to portray different aspects of the same genera - Frankenstein uses vivid descriptions of desolate landscape which fits perfectly into this genera and sets a negative atmosphere - the atmosphere in my Frankenstein extract is filled with 'ice crevices' and 'dreary glaciers', my Frankenstein extract also uses another key feature of gothic genera, here the inclusion of a disfigured being that is not truly human is symbolic of the theme of the book; all of this has the effect to scare a Victorian audience who were so afraid of the unknown and the gory Mithraism that surrounds it. A Victorian audience would relate to the practice of galvanism - a real controversial issue of this time, perhaps this is why Shelly chose to portray the gothic genera in this way - this also explains the use of the genera in my in cold blood extract, here there is no disfigurement nor desolate landscapes, instead Capote has chosen to use something that would relate to a 1959 audience, being people's lives being completely ruined by a horrible ...read more.

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remaining friends - this not only shows the wasted lives of the monster itself who has become so wretched and eager for revenge, but also you are left wondering what could of become of the victims life's, all murdered by the monster and all had good lives ahead of them which were drastically cut short. The monsters own wasted life links strongly with the wasted life of both Dick and Perry in my second extract, it's almost as if Dick is the good half of the monsters personality which by its own addition "glows with love and compassion" - the point here is that the monster, despite being horribly disfigured could of have become many different things, perhaps disfigurement would have been seen as a bigger barrier back then that it is now, but still the monster could of have done wonderful things with his many other attributes such as his super strength and fast reflexes, but instead he turned to his inner bloodlust and decided to murder the innocent showing a clear wasted life - just as Dick and Perry did not have to murder the clutter family they went ahead and did it anyway, this also links to victors own wasted life - with the little time he has now unwell he spent plotting on how to destroy the monster, ironically the only real accomplishment in his life. ...read more.

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contrast to help enhance the vivid imagery through polylibic lexis just as listed above to highlight just how gruesome these crimes were and what wasted life's the children lead when they were so perfect but met such terrible ends. There are two more language devices I will compare, the tripathide structure of the monsters arguments and the use of direct speech in in cold blood - the point is both extracts use these specific devices to convey emotion to the reader to help them better understand the tragedy of their separate wasted life's inside the extracts - we hear of the monsters many attributes in tripathide descriptions of himself and as I have previously stated links to his own wasted life but again it helps us visualise just what the monster is and what he has become, the same is true of direct speech in 'in cold blood', the narrator himself tell us just how wonderful the clutter kids were, so it's far easier for the reader to feel animosity towards Dick and Perry and to take the side of the clutters as you realise just what wonderful people they were and how there life's were wasted. Structure / form Wasted life's Social historical / presentation and changes in language Conclusion ...read more.

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