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In which ways can Frankenstein and Dracula be compared, besides being Gothic novels?

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nastasja | Student | eNoter

Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:23 PM via web

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In which ways can Frankenstein and Dracula be compared, besides being Gothic novels?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:50 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that both novels can find comparison in that they both explore an aspect of consciousness that is not fully understood.  In Shelley's work, the notion of creating life is something that is explored.  Victor enters a realm where mystery shrouds understanding in the idea of how to create life or invent consciousness.  In Stoker's work, the idea of the "undead," what happens after life, is explored.  In both setting, the ideas of how life begins and what happens in death are arenas where the narratives take place.  Both works struggle with these questions of life and death because such issues are so powerful and so intensely personal.  The contributions that both works make to the dialogue only further it precisely because no answers can be given into each.

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