Good vs. Evil Book Review by Master Researcher

Good vs. Evil
This paper examines the question of good and evil in Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."
# 87841 | 675 words | 2 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Literature (General) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper compares the differing interpretations of good and evil in the texts of Frankenstein and Dracula. The paper argues that within the framework of the Victorian era and the emergence of science, the novels take opposing positions regarding the role of science in society and how evil tends to manage itself in the emerging world order.

From the Paper:

"Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" offer contrasting interpretations of what the nature of good and evil are in the world. To Stoker, the question of good and evil fundamentally hinges upon female sexuality; from the perspective of late Victorian England, the battleground between ancient demons and the divine new frontier was the particular role that women played in society. To Shelley, on the other hand, good and evil are more complex matters. Although both authors seem to believe that the possibility for evil resides in all of us, Shelley sees evil as being more elementally linked to selfish pursuits of knowledge and science. So, both books supply a different answer to the question, "What may not be expected in a country of eternal light?" (Shelley 6)."

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