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Comparison of “The Darkness Out There” and “Frankenstein”.

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Sophie Johnson Year 10A6 Comparison of "The Darkness Out There" and "Frankenstein". In comparing both 'Frankenstein' and 'The Darkness Out There' in terms of how they build up tension and horror within the story line, you will find there are many differences but many similarities. We have used the beginning of chapter 5 of 'Frankenstein' and the whole of the short story 'The Darkness Out There'. The two pieces begin very differently; In 'The Darkness Out There' we are given a false idea of what is to come later in the story. It opens with a young girl walking through fields on what seems to be a lovely summers day "she walked through the flowers, the girl the ox eyed daises and vetch and cow parsley" and the readers are deliberately mislead by the writer. In 'Frankenstein' when the weather is "dreary" we know something bad will soon happen, this is Pathetic fallacy it shows that even nature is in tune with what will soon happen. Whereas in 'The Darkness Out There', nature is very deceiving, such as in the opening of the story its sunny and in no way a setting for a horror story. The weather only becomes a little related to the story line when the plane comes down; it is raining, and dark. ...read more.


Eyes are a sign of the person inside someone and the person inside Mrs Rutter isn't a nice one, so we are deceived. Also in 'Frankenstein' we think the creation is evil because of the way it looks or is described, but, its actions are kind ones as in parts of the story the "monster" shows potential for good. We see this when the "monster" first tries to make contact with Frankenstein he was described to have "muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his face" and yet again we are deceived. Both stories have a main purpose to deceive. This use of characterisation gives the stories an interesting twist. In 'Frankenstein' there are patterns in the language. There are many uses of the word hell in relation to the monster such as when Frankenstein describes him he describes the motions of the "monsters" joints as "something Dante could not have conceived" and he wrote about hell. In 'Frankenstein' there are only one or two references to the eyes whereas in 'The Darkness Out There' references to the eyes are often and signify bad things. The evil Mrs Rutter has her eyes described many times as bad and unsightly things such as her personality. ...read more.


This is especially seen in " Frankenstein" as it is a first person narrative and we feel and hear the characters thoughts and feelings and this is the one main difference as in "The darkness out there" it is a third person narrative and the reader feels distanced from the characters. I think Mary Shelly has made a great achievement in writing this book. The book is now well known and so is the writer and the message the book is trying to put across is obvious and hard hitting and makes the reader think and any book which does that in my eyes is a good one. In many ways these pieces are similar in how they build up tension and suspense and have very little differences. Both pieces have many climaxes and anti-climaxes. Both writers set out with the intention to warn us of the dangers of miss-conceptions, as the character later to become the evil of the story "the Darkness Out There" is described as "a dear old thing", and the so called "monster" of "Frankenstein" becomes the better person. Both pieces use similar ways to build up suspense but are not identical and are very different pieces in terms of what they are about. This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database Click here to visit Coursework.Info/ ?? ?? ?? ?? Sophie Johnson 10A6 Mrs Lynch English Coursework Comparative piece ...read more.

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