Second, the authors use of setting and weather helps to realize why the creation has preformed the horrid actions he has. For example, when Victor Frankenstein, the creator, returns to the scene of his younger brother's murder he sees his creation for the first time since he had deserted him. Instead of simply writing this, which would have most likely sufficed, she also describes the weather by including this: "While I watched the tempest, so beautiful yet terrific, I wandered on with a hasty step." By writing this scene Mary Shelly draws the reader to believe that the creation is the murderer.
In the Gothic novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley integrates the rhetorical devices figurative language, imagery, and tone to impart the concept that the desire to acquire knowledge and emulate God will ultimately result in chaos and havoc that exceeds the boundaries of human restraint.
Shelley utilized a plethora of literary devices to establish a ubiquitous atmosphere of horror in Frankenstein. The key to her success was her ability to depict the monster’s appearance through imagery, express Frankenstein’s thoughts through diction, and create events in uncanny settings. Because of this ability, Shelley opened a portal to a horrific place where technically one should not want to go but cannot refuse the
The world consists of people that have the ability to overcome evil or become consumed in it. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a creature believed to be monstrous and destructive is created and as a consequence despised by the society he is brought into. Through the perspectives of Walton, Frankenstein, and the creature, Mary Shelley counters Frankenstein’s belief that the creature is a ‘demon’. The creature exemplifies more heartfelt characteristics than the creator Victor Frankenstein himself. Though Frankenstein’s creature portrays the physical attributes of a malevolent character, his human-like emotions overcome his ability to let evil consume him. He demonstrates acts of knowledge and empathy, but society judges him for his appearance and undeniable strength.
The creature of the novel Frankenstein is intelligent, naïve, powerful and frightening. He seeks vengeance, kills three people, and haunts his creator to the end of his (Frankenstein’s) days. Why? What inspired and what enraged the creature so much so that he felt this was the only path to pursue?
Frankenstein and his abominable creation are two characters inexorably linked with eachother, as father and son, as inventor and invention, and even as reflections of eachother. Their conflict deals with themes of the morality of science and the fears of child birth, and their characters are drawn from a wealth of experience and reading. Shelley’s doppleganger of mankind is like a twisted vision of reality; based in some sense on reality but wildly taken out of proportion, the monster is so inhuman that it cannot reconcile itself with its master or the world of humanity. Its tragic story serves as a warning of what mankind could become as well as a reflection of Shelley’s own personal demons, and her creation has changed the face of literature.
Frankenstein is the story of an eccentric scientist whose masterful creation, a monster composed of sown together appendages of dead bodies, escapes and is now loose in the country. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelly’s diction enhances fear-provoking imagery in order to induce apprehension and suspense on the reader. Throughout this horrifying account, the reader is almost ‘told’ how to feel – generally a feeling of uneasiness or fright. The author’s diction makes the images throughout the story more vivid and dramatic, so dramatic that it can almost make you shudder.
The greater detail about the monster’s experiences provided by the book is the first thing that allows a reader to sympathize with the monster better than an audience member. When the Frankenstein monster is retelling the story of the hardships he has endured, he mentions events that were overlooked in the play. One example of this is when the monster saved a young girl’s life. An act such as this would be praised with the greatest heroism if it was done by a human, but as a reward he is shot, receiving only “the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone.” (Shelley 135) The book also examines the months of hard work the creature put into learning about human nature and language in order to be fully accepted when he chose to reveal himself. The monster hid by the cottage for around a year, never leaving during the day and working to help the cottager’s at night in order to learn from them. The monster went ...
As one of the first gothic novels Frankenstein explores the darker side of human nature, ambitions, and the human mind.
The term ‘Gothic’ has many forms. Its origins go back to the medieval period and can be seen in architecture such as Westminster Abbey in London and the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. It can also be applied to art in the works of Hieronymus Bosch who’s grotesque and haunting imagery depicted ugly distorted humans who are morally degenerate and depraved, and to William Blake who visualised Dante’s Divine Comedy. In literature, the Gothic novel is credited as starting with Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto, (1764) which characterised most of what would become the essential ingredients in the Gothic genre. I will for the purpose of this assignment discuss what constitutes ‘Gothic’ in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein novel.
...n impact on the reader such as “dreary” this makes the reader picture the scene. Mary Shelley’s background affected the novel because when she was younger her mother died so she had that on her mind when she was writing the novel, this could have affected some of the words that she used. Shelley’s fear and anxieties are also shown in the novel because she had a fear of giving birth to a deformed child; furthermore in the novel the monster is deformed when he is ‘born’. Mary Shelley uses the gothic to add tension and dread into chapter five because the gothic is associated with dark and depressing things such as death. Gothic is also known for things like churches and monsters. These fit well with chapter five because when the monster is being created Frankenstein is in an old church. Furthermore the atmosphere is dark and misty; this will make the reader feel tense.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein depicts how ideals can be received once they are fulfilled. As a cautionary example of negative reception of an ideal, Shelley uses Victor Frankenstein’s achievement of animating a lifeless corpse of mixed body parts. The actions and reactions of Frankenstein and the Creature highlight how making a dream a reality does not always yield a desired effect. Frankenstein’s images of unendurable ice emphasize Shelley’s admonishment of the danger of realizing an ideal.
During the 17th century, many gothic elements have presented itself in English literature, such as the romantic hero. According to CliffNotes, the romantic hero is often rejected by societies norms and conventional values. In the novel Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, the reader experiences this type of character through Dr. Frankenstein, and his modern day creation, the monster. Moreover, many characteristics have shown that these fictional personalities are both similar in many ways. These uncanny resemblances paint a picture to the many literary devices, Mary Shelley uses in her captivating novel. Between these two moving character, the reader is able to experience the darken isolation, inflicted by social class and society. Also,
Mary Shelley began writing “Frankenstien” with the intent of writing a story that frightens its readers. “Frankenstein” is a distinctive novel because it incorporates both Romantic and Gothic elements. In a deeper look at the characters, the role of scientific experimentation, and the settings of nature found in the book, you will appreciate how “Frankenstein” is a great model of both Romantic and Gothic exemplification.