Essay on Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

771 Words Jan 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – first published in 1818 – surely had an influence on Bram Stoker 's 1898 novel Dracula. Both novels are important works of Gothic horror fiction, and both depict monstrous creatures that have become iconic over decades. Each work has similar themes and similar characters. No two are more alike than the titular characters – Doctor Victor Frankenstein and Count Dracula. Looking at the two novels from a psychoanalytic perspective, the parallels between the two are laid bare. The transformative arcs of Dracula and Victor Frankenstein are similar due to their obsession to fulfill inherent subconscious needs, their motivation to create, and their ultimate destruction at the hands of their creations. The most obvious comparison between the narrative arcs of Frankenstein and Dracula are their unconscious desires to fulfill basic human needs. With Dracula, this manifests in the driving demand for blood. In his essay “The little children can be bitten: A Hunger for Dracula”, Dennis Foster takes an in depth look at the subconscious wants of the characters in Dracula. Blood is one of these paramount needs. On page 495, Foster states that “every attempt to grasp something...results in a missed encounter that leads to repetition, to one more attempt at satisfaction. But for Dracula, blood is the Real Thing.” Blood is the one thing that Dracula and the vampires need for total fulfillment. This is easily contrasted with Frankenstein 's never-ending desire for…

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