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How Does the Language in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Reflect its Gothic Genre

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How Does the Language in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Reflect its Gothic Genre

The gothic genre was popular around the nineteenth century. It is
often associated with dark, evil things and death. This seemed
appropriate at the time as there were no electric lights or
televisions so it was generally darker than it is in the present day.
It brings to mind stories like Frankenstein, Dracula and Dr Jekyll and
Mr Hyde. It may have been popular at this time because it is typically
based about ominous things in dark places making it seem more
realistic because of the use of candles at the time.

I am focussing on the beginning of ‘Frankenstein’ and observing how
his dreams drove him to his own destruction, and how he is left to
destroy the monster which he created.

Robert Walton, an explorer travelling through the icy wasteland of the
North Pole, sees the monster and is suddenly overwhelmed by his evil
presence, he then finds Frankenstein, almost dead and consumed by the
coldness of the bitter environment. Victor comes with his warning, and
his story, as he explains just...

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...and then a sudden turning point leading to a horrible end.
It also represents the gothic genre with the idea of a wonderful life
being taking by an evil force, using the thunderstorm as a metaphor
for the destructive force that takes such light and innocence from the

Many elements of the gothic genre are apparent in the letters and
first two chapters and even though the reader knows what happens to
Frankenstein in the end, they are compelled to read about his life and
what drove him to become what he is when Walton finds him.

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