Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

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The term ‘Gothic’ is highly amorphous and open to diverse interpretations; it is suggestive of an uncanny atmosphere of wilderness gloom and horror based on the supernatural. The weird and eerie atmosphere of the Gothic fiction was derived from the Gothic architecture: castles, cathedrals, forts and monasteries with labyrinths of dark corridors, cellars and tunnels which evoked the feelings of horror, wildness, suspense and gloom. Frankenstein is a gothic novel of life and death, the point she is making about life and death let the dead recreate the living. In Frankenstein Mary Shelley has one of her main characters create this monster with science and the dea human body parts. This potion on the novel shows horror and thriller. In the novel the creation of the monster frankenstein is very creepy. Victor Frankenstein 's creator takes dead human parts and his knowledge of science to create this monster life. In the navel when Frankenstein awoken Victor repeats it 's alive it’s alive Victor, the monster comes to regard knowledge as dangerous as it can have unforeseen negative consequences. After realizing that he is horribly different from human beings the monster cries, Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to mind when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock.” Knowledge is permanent and irreversible; once gained it cannot, so too can knowledged itself, once uncovered create irreversible harm. The haunted castles with secret passages, vaults and dark galleries full of terrible howling wind, which caused thunderous noises of a mysterious nature aroused fear and terror in the minds of the readers as if they were trapped within a graveyard. Belief in the supernatura... ... middle of paper ... a series of book reviews of classic horror novels: Frankenstein and, soon enough, Dracula. Although, admittedly, this is more about the development of the gothic tradition than the plot or characters. You’ll also notice an emphasis on the importance of science fiction in the development of the modern horror novel. Not all modern readers have an easy time with Frankenstein. It doesn’t have the sharp, clear dialogue of modern fiction. Much of the narrative is told in the form of letters (what is called the “epistolary method”), which seem to involve us in a confusing number of stories within stories. Also, the language is sometimes archaic and, overall, the book just doesn’t seem “scientific.” Despite these apparent deficits, Frankenstein is an important book, certainly one that you must understand if you are to understand horror, or even science fiction.

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