Horror And Gothic Elements In Frankenstein By Mary Shelley

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As the Halloween season comes to a close, the amount of scary movies displayed on television sets across the country is at its highest. Many people find enjoyment with decorating their homes, creating scary costumes or even going to events which replicate horror scenes. Horror stories are just as popular as they were during the time Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. The three, most popular elements that are parallel to both Frankenstein and Gothic works are: fear, iconography, and mystery. Each element is essential to determine whether a work is considered to be apart of the gothic genre. To begin, the idea of fear is one’s response to a potential danger. The science behind fear is that it releases hormones which paralyze body functions that …show more content…
The 1939 novel by Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None most clearly demonstrates mystery due to the plot. The plot describes how ten, diverse people are invited to a remote location and one-by-one, they begin to be killed. This represents mystery due the the idea that it is unknown who will be killed next and who is the host of the party. Parallel to Frankenstein, the idea of mystery is relevant to when the Monster will appear next and what will happen. When Frankenstein destroys the Monster’s partner and leaves, the Monster kills Frankenstein 's greatest friend, Henry Clerval. This was unexpected due to the fact that Frankenstein was worried what would happen if there were two monsters, “I was now about to form another being of whose dispositions I was alike ignorant; she might become ten thousand times more malignant than her mate and delight, for its own sake, in murder and wretchedness.” (202). The element of mystery in both novels demonstrates to readers the importance of mystery in a gothic work of literature. The mystery of never knowing that is going to happen next is what keeps the readers absorbed in the novel. In both works of literature and visual representations, the gothic genre is mainly presented to viewers and readers by the incorporated elements of fear, iconography, and suspense. Each element is used to determine whether a work is considered to be gothic. These elements all bind together to create horror movies which are considered irresistible to some people. As Tara Reid said, “I love horror movies. I mean, who doesn’t like a good scare every once in a while. It’s fun to get

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