Theme Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde And Frankenstein

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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. This is the reason why each story is told in a different manner, changing the point of view and the importance of some or other aspect of the world of its narrator.
The monster is one of the main elements in gothic literature. Although it does not exist as such in every gothic work, it is present as the undesired, the feared, the Other. This essay will foccus on the monsters as creatures that portray the fears of a society. This is why it is important to understand what is a monster and what are its uses in literature. In “Monster Theory (Seven Theses)”, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, the author, gives us some of the basic aspects of monsters as theses. Monsters are born as an embodiment of a certain cultural moment and “the monster 's body quite literally incorporates fear, desire, anxiety, fantasy[...] giving them life and an
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