Comparing Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The gothic genre created both a lot of films and novels, some of which are debatable as to if they were categorized properly. The Films Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights directed by Peter Kosminsky, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein directed by Kenneth Branagh are both based on novels. Both films display many different ideas, and are structured differently, but Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an archetype for the gothic genre. Although the two are very different films, through the use of gloom and horror, film techniques, and heroic traits, both films are able to prove themselves part of the gothic genre by displaying many gothic elements. Through the use of different gothic elements such as gloom and horror, each film is able to…show more content…
The similarities that come to play in both films would be that each use this method of stormy weather to symbolize a meaningful purpose, to not only achieve a better sense of gloom and horror, but to make use of a great gothic element. In each film the use of different camera techniques allowed for a sense of the suspense to be created. In Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights techniques were used to display suspense, thrill, action, death, as well as new beginnings. Suspense could be viewed in the film during times of excitement or unsure curiosity. For example, when Mr. Lockwood is inside Catherine's old room, before he sees her ghost, the camera cuts to a view of the house from the outside. The camera then focuses on the window of the room he is in and quickly zooms in, the camera then cuts back to inside the room and as it faces the window a tree branch breaks right through the window and transforms into the hands of Catherine's ghost. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein the use of film techniques were able to create a sense of fear, as well as create some intricate action sequences, which ended up displaying high emotion, anger, surprise and terror. In one particular scene, all of these elements were met. When Dr. Frankenstein and his new wife Elizabeth were finally married they were forced to run away from the monster to a guarded shelter. When Dr. Frankenstein heard a noise

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