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This essay is about two books called Interview with a vampire by Anne Rice written in 1975 and Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

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Wider reading Coursework This essay is about two books called Interview with a vampire by Anne Rice written in 1975 and Frankenstein by Mary Shelly written 1816. The two books I am studying are both in the genre of gothic horror this means it inspires terror or horror into the reading audience. The question I am dealing is "How does Mary Shelley and Anne Rice deal with the theme of 'outsiders' in their texts? Look at this in relation to the creation in Frankenstein and Louis in Interview with a Vampire" I'm going to deal with this question by Finding some brief information about the two authors and then deciding how the authors make the text gothic and how they show the part of outsiders in the two main roles The creature in Frankenstein and Louie in Interview with a vampire. Also by doing a Genre analysis and about the themes in the texts, then I will sum it up with a conclusion. Anne Rice lives and works in New Orleans with her husband Stan and her son Christopher. ...read more.


The setting in both books is mainly in the 18th century where there wasn't anything too modern which helped add the theme of gothic horror to the reading audience as in those times it was a lot darker and more horrifying. In an Interview with a vampire the story is set over 200 years. Showing as the theme of gothic horror in the book decreases, as the book becomes more modern. This is shown when Lestat is scared of the modern world and the artificial lights as he thinks they are sunlight scaring him into hiding. There are various themes in both books for example they have written one of the characters acting like God, Lestat in Interview with a vampire and Victor in Frankenstein. This was especially scary in Frankenstein 1816 as the people took religion very seriously and to talk about gods in this way was known as evil, which scared the people who read the book Which would inspire terror into the people who read it. When in Frankenstein the creature says " I am thy creature, I ought to be thy Adam" And in Interview in the vampire when Lestat acts as god by ...read more.


I think the authors of these two texts have don't an excellent job in dealing with the theme of outsiders in the text as the setting, the characters and what's happening around them all make them outsiders. Also what the characters are and how they act and what they do which inspires terror or horror into the reader create the genre of Gothic horror and make it stand out. But what most of all stuck into my mind were the words from Louie, which really made me think Gothic horror and outsiders, was "I wanted love and goodness in this which is living death' I said ' It was impossible from the beginning, because you cannot have love and goodness when you do what you know to be evil, what you know to be wrong" and also in Frankenstein when Victor said " It was necessary that I should return without delay to Geneva, there to watch over the lives of those I do fondly loved; and to lie in wait for the murderer, that if any chance led me to the place of his concealment, or if he dared" Both showing the Gothic horror in their words like when they say "murderer" and "evil" creating the gothic horror feeling. ...read more.

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