The use of horror in Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

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A screeching scream, a dark alley, a thundering storm, lightning developing over imaginative shadows, the beat of a heart, ear shattering like an army of drums. The feeling of curiosity is at its climax, the fearful question is yet to be asked: what is waiting behind that corner? Horror is the answer. The evil monsters of the night are what people's imaginations turns to. Power, love, jealousy and death are elements that play an important role in horror. These fearful thoughts, a source of enjoyment for many, have fueled for centuries the desire of horror fiction. In Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, horror is a tragedy.

In both books studied, the two main characters of the stories, the Demon (creation) in Frankenstein and Dracula both had powers. The Demon's power was super human strength that he used to tear people apart. He also was somewhat indestructible, people would hit him from behind but he wouldn't feel the pain, this was obviously an advantage.

Dracula's powers were that he was invincible unless he was beheaded or if he was poked through the heart. He had the power of where ever his land went; he had the power to instantly transfer himself there. His alluring power to women was unstoppable, Mina Harker was easily seduced. Dracula also had super strength. For more strength he would drink the blood of people and use it as his energy. Dracula said, "I don't". They used their powers when they didn't get what they wanted. As Stephen King states, "the story has always been the abiding virtue of the horror tale". In these two novels, horror fiction has taken on a more romantic approach to the plot of the stories. The loneliness that power portrays is almost inviting. Many themes take the...