Tropes In Frankenstein

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Jack Noble
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The Gothic Tradition: Evolution from Frankenstein to Alien Gothic tropes and their mysterious nature have been driving forces in numerous pieces of literature dating back to the 19th century, specifically in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Shelley incorporates many of these tropes to form one of the first true gothic horror novels. Since then, people have associated many of these gothic traditions with the ability to invoke fear, as the gothic themes are often frightening to their audience. The film Alien embodies many of the gothic traditions due to the fact that people throughout time have found these tropes to insight fear, and enhance writings of horror. The film Alien evolves the gothic tropes and motifs of Frankenstein showing that the lessons from Gothic traditions aren’t specific to the 19th Century by the characteristics of the setting, man’s hubris when attempting to conquer nature, and the emergence of the byronic heroine.
In many instances Gothic novels are set in gloomy places, like aged buildings, (particularly castles) that have a number of secret rooms and passageways. A setting like this serves the purpose of a backdrop for mysterious circumstances, in addition to being a medium for building suspense. Gothic novels often take place in distant areas that come off as foreign to their audience. The novel, Frankenstein is set in continental Europe, specifically Germany and Switzerland. Shelley’s readers at the time
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