Monsters and Narrative : The construction of the fears from within the text in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Gothic literature, more often than not, deals with monsters. The monster is a representation of the strongest fears and the more hidden desires of the society in which the book is written. In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as in Frankenstein, this fear is also contrasted with the narration of each story. In other words, the fear represented through each monster is exalted with the way each story is narrated. In both stories the monster is a creation of scientific research but each one threatens the world in different ways.
One of the sinners begins to “bark and growl like a dog” throughout the “mad seizure of her misery” (30.20-21). Dante’s elaborate description of the sinners suffering leads the reader to feelings of pity. Their pity allows them to have an open mind about who the sinners are on the inside. Concl Without the strong diction used here, the reader would not be able to fully comprehend its meaning or what Dante intended the reader to feel. Symbolism and diction work together to facilitate the identification of ideas and thoughts in a novel
William Golding uses the “beast” to pose this question seriously and strike fear in the heart of the readers. The beast started as a something mysterious and scary that gave nightmares to littluns but became something that brought the evil that was hidden in the boys’ hearts. The beast symbolizes littluns’ feelings of insecurity arising from the fear of the unknown, absence of grownups and bullying behaviors of some of the bigguns. Beast was first mentioned when Piggy voiced the concern of a boy with a mulberry birthmark. “He wants to know what you’re going to do about the snake thing.” Many of the boys were ecstatic to the news that there were
The Tell Tale Heart is narrated anonymously yet extremely in depth, leaving the reader with an ominous perspective. The use of first person creates a mysterious interpretation for the readers as we construe the tale from an individuals point of view, looking into the story. The story builds up upon the narrator’s guilt over intentionally killing an innocent man. A suspicious neighbor cries out for help after hearing a shriek and three policemen investigate the situation. During the climax, the narrator is at the greatest intensity of guilt and craze.
However, upon realizing had created an abomination as he finished, he flees, “…now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (Shelley 35). After a long and grueling process, Frankenstein regarded the creature as horrid, malicious, heartless, inhuman, and uncouth – simply, a monster. He wanted to create life so bad that it became an obsession for him as he would go to any extreme to reach his goal. Furthering such a point could be the poignant example of the fallen angel, who had decided that he wanted to be more than a ‘special angel’ – he wanted to be God. As a result, Victor had succeeded in creating a baby in a man’s body, while leaving it to fend for itself without recognizing
Poe’s use of repetition demonstrates how he uses it to describe that the narrator is going mad when he “hears” the corpse of the old man’s heart beating. To illustrate this idea/theme, Edgar Allen Poe writes, “...you think me mad…” (page 358). Basically, Poe uses verbal irony when the narrator speaks to us, the readers, to show that he is crazy, yet he is trying to prove to us that he is not crazy. The evidence highlights that Poe puts in this use of irony to make the plot more mysterious and to keep the reader guessing if he is insane or not. All in all, Poe’s unique writing style involves the use of the literary elements such as repetition and
(The narrator) heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. (The narrator) heard many things in hell,” the guilt of the murder tortured the narrator and made him believe that he was hearing things that were not real. The plots that the narrator makes to murder the man and get away with it are very in depth. Guilt also causes the narrator to think of more wicked schemes than before. “If still you think (the narrator) mad, you will think so no longer when (the narrator) describe the wise precautions (the narrator) took for the concealment of the body,” reveals the attention to detail the narrator had when carrying out the murder.
If readers understand the poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as an allusion in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, then they can gain a deeper understanding of what Robert Walton feels and they can determine the meaning behind his actions. In Coleridge’s poem, the Ancient Mariner is in a dire situation, and believes that shooting an albatross will save him in the lines “With my cross-bow/I shot the ALBATROSS.” (Coleridge 1) This impacts the Mariner because it leaves a curse on him. However, the curse is soon lifted off of him when he prays to God. Unfortunately, the curse still stays with the Mariner. This is found in the lines, “The pang, the Curse, with which they died,/ Had never passed away:/ I could not draw my eyes from theirs,/ Nor turn them up to pray.” (Coleridge 6) In Letter Two of Frankenstein, Robert Walton writes his sister saying, “...but I shall kill no albatross; therefore do not be alarmed for my
Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” (193-194) begins to make the chant almost vicious, primitive, and bloodthirsty. It makes the boys sound manic and mutinous. The recurring use of the phrase “blue-white scar” creates a grim mood in the setting that reverberates throughout the story and adds to the portrayal of boys degrading into savagery. The boys repeated, passionate chant about killing the beast highlights their descent into savagery.
In Poe’s “The Pit and The Pendulum” he portrays many events of pain and fear making it clear to the reader that a pendulum is torturing the narrator, as the narrator mentioned, “Twice again it swung, and a sharp sense of pain shot through every nerve”. In “The Raven” the narrator is being tortured by his lost love and feels like he is being stalked by her, as the narrator mentions “And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor”. In addition, both narratives are written in a dark, cold and dreary environment making the narratives more fear full and intriguing to read. In “The Pit and The Pendulum” the narrator is trapped in a chamber with iron walls. The narrator describes it as “the hissing vigor of its descent, sufficient to sunder these very walls of iron, still the fraying of my robe would be all that, for several minutes, it would accomplish.” The narrator is in chamber trying to get out it and the walls keep changing dimensions