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  1. Frankenstein: A Romantic Novel?

    During all of the crucial scenes in this novel, the recurring theme of a storm is present. For example, the night that the creature first awakened was stormy and rainy. When Frankenstein heard of his brother's death, he traveled back home to Geneva. As he was walking through the night, the storm steadily grew more intense by the minute. "While I watched the storm, so beautiful yet terrific...This noble war in the sky elevated my spirits; I clasped my hands and exclaimed aloud, 'William, dear angel! This is thy funeral, this thy dirge,'" (Norton Anthology, 946). The storm complimented Frankenstein's mood; and though the storm was fierce and terrible, he could do nothing but be in awe of its power.

    • Word count: 1843
  2. Discuss the use and importance of symbolism in Bram Stokers Dracula.

    This is shown when Jonathon is leaving from the hotel and an old lady begs him not to go, she says 'It is the eve of St George's Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway?' (Dracula: 13) 1. This symbolises that something awful will happen because the old lady is so scared that she gives Jonathon her crucifix and puts it around his neck.

    • Word count: 1651
  3. Dr Jekyll cannot be considered responsible for Mr Hyde's crimes. Do you agree?

    He only lets him out during the night because he doesn't want society to judge him, but neither can Hyde, society can. Also when Hyde is let out at night you know something scary is going to happen as all horror films occur during night time. Everybody has a Mr Hyde inside themselves. On page 7 "I was coming home from some place at the end of the world, about 3 o'clock". What was Mr Enfield doing at 3 a.m.

    • Word count: 1668
  4. Is Dracula a text that criticises or supports religious ideas?

    The first example of this is in chapter one as Jonathan Harker is travelling to Castle Dracula, as he is given a crucifix from a local person, when they hear of his destination. Later in the book it discusses how you can defend yourself from Dracula and other vampires by the possession of a crucifix or practically any consecrated item from the Christian religion can be used to save you from the attack or presence of a vampire. Another example of a superstitious religious act is later in the book when Van Helsing uses a Host to prevent Dracula from entering his coffin.

    • Word count: 1574
  5. "Dracula"- s****l women

    There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time deadly fear. I felt in my heart a wicked , burning desire that they would kiss me with thoses red lips." Johnathon is described as being "in an agony of delightful anticipation" as the three discuss who should feast on him first and later in the novel, Van helsing experiences the same kind of seduction by these vamires. Another scene of uninhibited sexuality is that of Dracula forcing Mina to drink the blood from his breast.

    • Word count: 1615
  6. Excessive Knowledge and Power.

    However, he became too ambitious and paid dearly for his creation's actions. The death of Frankenstein is the most obvious example of the destructive powers of the ambitious quest for knowledge. Victor Frankenstein was engaged in a vivacious pursuit for knowledge. He was well educated later in life, attending a big university at Ingolstadt where he dove into books, studied natural philosophy and chemistry under great professors, and learned all he could from each. But, in his tenacious pursuit of excellence, he creates his own destruction. Frankenstein would not be happy until he surged beyond accepted human limits and accessed the secret of life.

    • Word count: 1413
  7. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and in The Book of Genesis, Victor Frankenstein and the Christian God both create intelligent beings that are seemingly dependent upon their masters mentally and emotionally.

    The defiance that Adam and Eve committed against God angered Him greatly because of the trust that He had given them. Because of these acts, Adam and Eve, like the monster in Frankenstein, were rejected and punished by the One who created them. God's treatment of the ignorant couple was not filled with negligence, resentment, or fear. He created Adam and Eve with a calling and purpose, and though they were ignorant of the world around them, this ignorance was a gift of protection from the temptations of the material world.

    • Word count: 1379
  8. The novel itself is written in a frame or embedded narrative style, with the letters between Walton and his sister as the outer frame. Frankenstein's account of events.

    From the beginning the imagery of the setting is very gothic in that "It was a dreary night of November..." and the "...candle was nearly burnt out, when by the glimmer of the extinguished light..." Frankenstein "...saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...". The words such as dreary and dull and the emphasis on darkness with the nearly burnt out candle, create a classic gothic setting. These images along with phrases such as "With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony..."

    • Word count: 1099
  9. Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    In the novel, Dracula, Stocker brings to his characters the typical description of a human being as in real life. Often, the main character will keep his role of importance but a less important one at the beginning will obviously raise his role and will be more focused at. Characters will show qualities of rebelliousness and independence while at the beginning they were seen as regular as the others. Bram Stoker has a unique way of writing and thinking. In his reading of Dracula, he reflects what he thinks about society and the people who make part of it.

    • Word count: 1024
  10. A103 Introduction to the Humanities

    This would have added to the reader's sense of amazement during each fantastical event. These different geographical locations also facilitate the Gothic genre of a story within a story (the monster's tale, within Frankenstein's tale, which is within Walton's tale), as we are taken on a journey through their narratives. Shelley uses a variety of locations within these geographical areas, from courtrooms (a place of suffering in both Frankenstein and Great Expectations) and laboratories to desolate icy terrains and various homes (grand and ramshackle).

    • Word count: 1784
  11. Explore how Mary Shelley develops the gothic genre in chapter 4 and 5 of Frankenstein.

    New scientific discovery swept across 18th century civilization, and the need for knowledge had overcome society. To the less educated, Gothic literature, (with its strong themes of science,) was seen as a way to further understand and involve themselves within these interesting developments, while the experienced scientist would be curious of the science mentioned in Gothicism. Another major theme that Gothicism claimed was religion. The society of mid 1800 looked upon God as an omnipotent figure; he was powerful, judgmental and supreme. However, many opposing and previously untouched views on God were infused in the theme of Gothic literature.

    • Word count: 1408
  12. The novel "Frankenstein" can be seen to have been inspired by events and experiences in Mary Shelley's own life. Discuss!

    Why not assume a subconscious guilt to have followed Mary Shelley all her life? She could think that her half-sister might not have committed suicide if their mother has been alive. The next tragedy - finding Henrietta (P.B. Shelley's wife) drowned - could also be associated. Psychologically it is not an exception for a wife abandoned by her husband to kill herself. A nearly direct reminder of a possible self-accusation by the writer is the first person form of the Frankenstein narrative: "I called myself the murderer of William, of Justine, and of Clerval" (P.

    • Word count: 1720
  13. Discuss the use of ONE of the following in any of the texts you have studied on this course: - i. Symbolism and/or allegory.

    We are first confronted with the embroidered letter in the introduction, when our narrator, searching through the Custom House comes upon, a "rag of scarlet cloth... on careful examination, assumed the shape of a letter. It was the Capital letter A" 2. The power of this symbol is immediately established when our narrator places the scarlet letter upon his chest and instantly experiences a sensation of burning. This hints to the reader of the power that the scarlet letter will have over the story they are about to embark upon.

    • Word count: 1945
  14. Find 3 passages in which Shelly explores the importance of the female.

    This description reveals Frankenstein's view of Elizabeth as a perfect, angel-like being. Frankenstein enjoys the fact that she is delicate looking and suggests she is delicate and needs protecting. Frankenstein describes Elizabeth as being 'calmer and more concentrated' than himself. He explains that Elizabeth 'busied herself with following the aerial creations of poets.' Here, it almost seems that Frankenstein is mocking Elizabeth for being so na�ve as to enjoy something that is not based on facts and science. This emphasizes the image of women as being ideal, harmless creatures.. From the beginning Frankenstein views Elizabeth as little more than a 'pretty present' to, 'protect, love and cherish.'

    • Word count: 1372

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the use and importance of symbolism in Bram Stokers Dracula.

    "The importance of ones' religion and beliefs is shown in Dracula throughout the novel. In conclusion it can be said that Bram Stoker has used symbolism throughout the story, as it is one of the main features of horror stories. It is important for one to understand these symbols and the importance of the issues they portray. The symbolism of blood and religion is used wisely in Dracula and keeps the readers' attention and makes one think of the different meanings these symbols can have."

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