Essay about Dracula Versus Frankenstein- Which Story is More Terrifying?

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The two Gothic novels, Dracula and Frankenstein, introduced two of the most terrifying characters throughout all of literature. Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, and Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, both present elements of terror and create a tense mood and a frightening picture. In both of these novels the other characters are not able to see these evil creatures actions. Although both of these novels depict truly evil minds, Dracula is far more terrifying than Frankenstein due in part to its bloodthirsty vampires, mysterious deaths, and dark gothic tone. Dracula is indeed the more bone-chilling story of the two. Although Frankenstein is a rather a frightening adventure, the monster doesn’t create a scene to a certain …show more content…
The victims don’t have a chance to fight or defend for themselves. Once chosen by Dracula, becoming one of him is inevitable. In this quote, Jonathan Harker states, “ When the count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat (Stoker 36)”. Here, one gets a sense of the true terror that Count Dracula brought to his helpless victims. Stoker creates an image for the reader that causes one to be skeptical and feel as if the worst might happen at any time. Filled with suspense and intrigue, the reader never knows what will happen next. At the start of Frankenstein, the reader develops a bit of sympathy for the monster. With no family, friends, or even other creatures of its own kind to interact with, the monster is shunned from society because of its abnormal and shocking appearance. Victor even denies him the right to a female companion. As the novel progresses though, the true evil of the monster shines through, killing innocent men, causing others to die by his actions and bringing loneliness to those around him prove just how violent this monster is. Victor refuses to create him a female companion because he is scared that they might produce more monsters together and cause even more harm and danger. Even Victor knew that the monsters destruction was never limited and he could always bring out something more. Finally, on the contrary to Dracula, the monsters victims die and don’t seek an afterlife. After he

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