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What themes do Stoker's Dracula and Shelley's Frankenstein share?

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One common theme is free will versus determinism.  Do we really get to choose who we become?  Did Frankeinstein's monster get a choice?  Did Dracula?  How do we get to save ourselves from what we might become?

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Both stories are really great examples of gothic literature wth all the supporting devices:  creepy setting, element of the supernatural, suspense. 

On a deeper level, Dracula and Frankenstein are both unnatural creatures or subversions of nature that Shelley and Stoker manipulate as metaphors for humanity. 

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Both were groundbreaking stories and each help set the standard for horror. Frankenstein was made near the end of the 18th Century, Dracula near the 19th.

Both deal with the theme of the Outsider. In Frankenstein, both Victor and the monster are outcasts. Victor in his driven obsession, the monster for its state of being. In Dracula, it is first Harker who is the outsider in Transylvania. The Count is more of a prescene in England than an actual character (despite what the...

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jakegabe28 | Student

Wow.  What a great question.  Two monsters who are misunderstood.  That in itself can be a common theme.  These two stories are so similar that you could go on forever discussing the common themes.