The vampire is charming seductive and powerful. Drinking blood represents a sexual exchange. In “Dracula” for example, which was written in 1897, Dracula only ever attacks females, comes from the east and is an outsider. When the novel was written there were fears that eastern immigrants who would pollute the culture and seduce women. The creature has qualities of both traditional gothic fiction and non-gothic fiction. His appearance is horrific, even though he is what you call a human he is perceived as a monster because of the way he looks.
The creature lives in isolation, with places in the novel traditional to gothic fiction like mountains, darkness and forests; he is an outsider to the rest of society even though all he longs for is to be accepted. The way the creature deviates from gothic fiction is that he is kind and not totally evil, even though by the end of the novel we do feel that he has become evil by his actions. He has human emotions and is made from human parts, the creature evokes sympathy on the reader, we get his point of view and we can relate more to him as he becomes the narrator when he tells his story to Victor.
At this point we sympathise with him a lot and it becomes how much me is rejected from society and how much this has hurt him. ” My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them. ” It is not in his nature to kill humans but wants revenge so much because of the way he is treated and the way he feels self-hatred at his appearance.
When the creature becomes the narrator he tells Victor how he learned his human like ways by observing a family from a far, “Such was the history of my beloved cottagers. It impressed me deeply. I learned, from the views of social life which it develop, to admire their virtues, and to deprecate the vices on mankind. ” He reacts to different situations just like a human, being rejected shows his emotions, as he cried when they showed disgust towards him and anger evokes violence as he feels he wants revenge for being made and not being accepted.
He claims “I am solitary and abhorred. ” When this novel was wrote in the 19th century and the reader at that time would be disgusted at the appearance of the creature, because the text is very descriptive it paints a picture of the creature quite clear in your head. The parts of dead villains constructed the body of the creature, he knows this as he found Victors journal, and he describes himself as, “Evil stitched to evil. ” He thinks that because his body is made up of evil parts that, that is why he has evil ways.
Mary Shelley conforms to the themes of gothic tradition because the story is set in isolated places; the themes she includes are murder, isolation and revenge. Even though these two characters are from different novels, from different genres and were written by two different people, the two main characters have quite a lot in common. Both Louis and the creature don’t like to kill other human beings as it is not in their nature, Louis needing to survive and it being a necessity to him, but where the creature is concerned he does it to get revenge, he does it because he is angry with himself being one and his creator the other.
They are both rejected by society, the creature more than Louis, as Louis can go out and be accepted as a normal human because his appearance is ordinary. He only socialises at night as he can’t go out during the day, the creature is not accepted at all, his tall stature and monstrous looks divide him from society casting him out from everyone else. When they both realise that they are different they both seek revenge on their creators, Victor and Lestat and both achieve this, the creature killing Victors family and friend, whereas Louis attacks at Lestat with the help of Claudia.
Anne Rice and Mary Shelley make the readers sympathise with the characters by having them tell the story, being the narrators and getting their perspective. The creature longs to be accepted and to know what love feels like he tells Victor, “The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness, my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures to see their sweetness directed towards me with affection was the up most limit of my ambition. ”
All the way through Interview with the Vampire we sympathise with Louis and we do with the creature for a short time until he starts murdering people. In my essay I have explored both characters in detail looking at their emotions and lifestyles, I have found that the two experience similar feelings about their existence, that they were both forced into a life they found it hard to adjust to. Both feel sadness and despair towards life and its something they can’t get out of, they try very hard to fit into their way of life but struggle to cope with the way they are.
Self-acceptance is the hardest thing to do. Being the narrator of the story is the best way to get the feelings of the characters over and both authors have achieved this, as we feel we can relate to the characters. Written by CarlyTurnbull Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.