Frankenstein and Interview with the Vampire
The gothic horror category attempts to make the reader/viewer feel a sense of fear, fear, fear, disgust or scary. ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley and ‘Interview with the vampire’ by Neil Jordan both check out the elements which enhance the Gothic Horror Category.
Major components that are constant throughout the two texts are the consistent search for understanding which can be dangerous if in the wrong hands which can lead to supernatural or inexplicable events, omens or visions taking place, Mankind and the continuous quest to find what it means to be human touching on the concept of life after death, Seclusion and the want for companionship, the obligation of actions and the effects, wanderers and the concept that females are often revealed to be in distress.
In the novel ‘Frankenstein’, Victor Frankenstein’s obsession to know more and more about life, how it is developed and others who have quested to do the same such as the Ancient Mariner have eventually lead him to the production of the his own human which was a supernatural occasion. In this case has also produced a disaster due to the continuous search for knowledge turning Frankenstein outrageous and dangerous. After producing the development Victor saw it as an error. ‘I had actually completed, the beauty of my dream vanished breathless scary and disgust filled my heart’.
Later in the book Victor preaches to Walton ‘You search for knowledge as I as soon as did …’ ‘… I hope it does not sting you as it as soon as did me’ Shelley utilized Emotional Language to reveal Frankenstein’s scary and disgust in what he has actually done and creates a sense of forgiveness and pity for Frankenstein. ‘Interview with the Vampire’ a movie, demonstrates the same principle of the constant look for understanding, which results in a failure. Louis has actually always longed to leave his life, as he was never pleased with the life he was living and has actually always been curious about vampires and life after death. I longed to be released from it. I wished to lose it all …’ ‘… My invite was open to anyone …’ ‘… However it was the vampire that accepted’. This quote reveals Louis ruthless longing to leave the life he presently is in. This curiousness for responses to life and the unknown leads Louis to the option to become a vampire. Louis accepts not understanding that ending up being a new person/vampire does not eliminate the sensations of a human only makes them worse because he is now locked in a life of wicked without any way out.
Hubris is a strategy that Jordan utilizes to reveal Louis fatal defect of searching for something new to end his current life, by becoming a vampire Louis for fills this briefly but eventually finds there is no chance out and is even worse off that prior to. This gives the reader pity and grief towards Louis. Both authors have actually explored the style of Mankind and the continuous quest to discover what it implies to be human, touching on the idea of life after death. In ‘Frankenstein’ Victor is confronted with the decision to totally free Justine from death.
In order to do this he needs to admit that the creature he created in actual truth was the murderer of poor little William and risk his dignity and pride throughout the town ‘… scary would be looked upon as insanity by the vulgar’ or stay a relied on and honoured member of the neighborhood and let an innocent human die for his own self-respect. This concern that he was forced to ask him self is also another way to ask the question of ‘what it indicates to be human? ‘. Victor picks to keep this important details to himself and lets Justine die.
This reveals that Victor does not hold the human quality of sincerity. Character Foils are utilized by Shelly to convey and highlight great and bad qualities of Victor. This is how the audience understands Victor is viewed as a reputable member of the community however is really a mentally unsteady and unreliable individual. In the film ‘Interview with the Vampire’ humanity is checked out on many different levels and looks at the idea of life after death. Claudia longs to be a full-grown lady like all other girls her age, like the naked prostitute ‘Trust Claudia to find her What, do not you want her? (Lestat) ‘I wish to be her’ (Claudia) but will never experience this feeling because she is a vampire. Although her frame of mind develops she is still viewed as a girl and still receives teddies every birthday. ‘You see that old females? That will never ever be you, you will never age, you will never ever pass away’ (Louis) ‘and it indicates something else too, does not it? I will never ever grow up’ (Claudia). This is Claudia and Louis observing an old female who is alone and struggling to live, Louis thinks this is an advantage that Claudia will never ever experience this however Claudia believes different and wishes to alter.
Significance of the old lady is utilized to represent what Claudia will never ever be, what is suggests to be human is aging to Claudia. Jordan uses this to create an environment of guilt and makes the audience feel sadness and comprehend for Claudia. Gothic/horror texts readily mesmerize the audience with the subject of isolation and the requirement for friendship, which accept the requirement of taking responsibility for your actions and consequences and the reoccurring idea that females are often shown as in distress and prejudice against the different.
Victor from ‘Frankenstein’ does not take obligation of his own actions in the making of the animal. ‘Unable to withstand the aspect of the being I had actually developed, I rushed out of the space’ He abandons the creature in a prejudice world that would not accept him since of his unique abnormalities. He is separated from the real world by his look and his failure to communicate with human beings. In turn to Victor not taking obligation of his actions, the consequences are that the animal begins to attack Victor’s friends and family.
Foreshadowing in the type of dreams such as Elizabeth dieing a ruthless death show and create thriller for the audience and give an insight to occasions of the future and the functions of Victors mind. In ‘Interview with the Vampire’ Lestat does not take duty for the creation of his 2 vampire kids, Louis and Claudia, therefore Louis always feels isolated from the vampire world since Lestat never explained and taught Louis the ways and doings of a vampire. ‘I’ll give you the possibility I never ever had’, this is Lestat acting on resentment of his creation only, and not how the victims feel.
Jordan repeats this expression to stress Lestat’s inner anger towards his developer and makes the audience have compassion towards Lestat. Lestat finally understands Louis isolation and desire for a buddy this is why Lestat develops Claudia. This also plays on the subject of the females in distress. Claudia is defenseless due to the fact that she was born to a vampire at such a young age and never ever taught correctly. Claudia wish for a buddy to fill the area of her mother. ‘Do not make me do this, I can not’ (Louis) ‘yet you might do it to me.
Snatch me from my mother’s hands, like 2 monsters in a fairy tale. And now you weep. I haven’t tears enough for what you have actually done to me’ (Claudia), this is Claudia getting Louis to produce a mom for her because once again she is the females in distress and is not strong enough to produce her own vampire. Jordan uses a simile ‘like two beasts in a fairy tale’ to accentuate that she fells like she is residing in a fairy tale something that is far from genuine and scary. This makes the audience feel compassion and factor to consider towards Claudia’s circumstance.
In Conclusion, it is clear that texts of the Gothic/horror Category can contain various concerns and themes consisting of the consistent look for knowledge, and in the wrong hands can be unsafe and cause supernatural or mysterious occasions occurring and omen or visions appearing, humanity and what is suggests to be human exploring the idea of life after death and isolation and the requirement for friendship which link with the requirement to take duty for your actions and the idea that females are frequently shown in distress.
It is also apparent that ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley and ‘Interview with the Vampire’ by Neil Jordan are both positioned under the classification of the gothic/horror genre.