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An Analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Film Adaptation Directed by Kenneth Branagh and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Directed by Peter Kosminsky
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The Gothic genre is a very fascinating one because it is one of mystery suspense and high emotion With intriguing elements and its out of the ordinary style the gothic genre has captivated readers for centuries Mary Shelleys Frankenstein is a classic gothic novel which has been adapted into a film directed by Kenneth Branagh This film can be perceived as a typical gothic piece because the archetypal elements such as dark setting horror and suspense are apparent However in the film adaptation of Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights directed by Peter Kosminsky it is harder to identify the gothic elements as they are more obscure therefore making it difficult to recognize as a gothic work Although there is a vast difference between the two films one can see how they both classify as films of the gothic genre They may contain different Gothic elements especially because Shelleys Frankenstein is more of a horror film while Brontes Wuthering Heights is more of a romance Despite the fact that the gothic elements differ in the two films there is no doubt that Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights is a gothic film The Byronic hero melodrama and the metonymy of gloom and horror are typical characteristics that categorize Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights as gothic compared to the archetype Mary Shelleys Frankenstein The Byronic hero or anti-hero is a critical gothic element It can be described as a character in which the viewer roots for and sympathizes with even though they may have traits that make them seem cold-hearted or even mad This character type is reflected in both the protagonists in Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights and Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Although the characters of the films may both be considered Byronic heroes the two characters differ greatly Victor Frankensteins monster is one of the Byronic heroes of Mary Shelleys film He is Byronic in the sense that he is revengeful and frightening Frankensteins monster hurts people and plots his
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