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Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '

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The classic works of Emily Bronte and Mary Shelley are both classified as gothic era fiction novels. Before reading them, the two novels seem to be polar opposites. While there are many differences, there are also a handful of similarities throughout both novels. Bronte and Shelley both use setting, revenge, and the role of women to highlight gothic elements of the era. The setting in both novels brings a deeper meaning to the scene. The authors use weather to create tones for the scenes. For example, storms can create a sense of anger or confusion, whereas sunlight may generate a sense of happiness. Both novels are set in a cold, dreary time, adding to the theme of isolation throughout each.
In Frankenstein, the reader is first
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The theme of revenge plays a big role in both novels. In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff seeks revenge because of other’s actions against him. However, in Frankenstein, the monster seeks revenge because of the way he looks and how others perceive him. While the characters in both novels seek revenge for different reasons, they have one thing in common. Their need for revenge ultimately stems from not being able to have what they want, leaving them alone and isolated. Revenge is one of the most prominent themes in Wuthering Heights. At times throughout the novel, it seems to overpower the theme of love. Heathcliff’s desire for revenge arises from Catherine’s betrayal. He has been in love with her for a long time, and she loves him. However, she betrays him and marries Edgar for his money. This action leaves Heathcliff alone and isolated, only to long for her love again. "I seek no revenge on you, that 's not the plan. The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don 't turn against him; they crush those beneath them" (Bronte, p. 103). This quote shows that Heathcliff is not trying to get revenge on Catherine. Although she turned against him, he cannot do the same to her. “I 'm trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back. I don 't care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last. I hope he will not die before I do!” (Bronte p. 54). When he cannot have the woman he loves, he turns his attention to revenging Hindley, his childhood
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