Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Employs Typical Features of the Gothic Tradition

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Employs Typical Features of the Gothic Tradition

One of the most important aspects of any Gothic novel is setting. Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is an innovative and disturbing work that weaves a tale of passion, misery, dread, and remorse. Some would argue that Frankenstein is a classic Gothic novel. By a classically Gothic novel it is meant that the story employs a traditionally scary theme. This could include such things as dark and dreary castles set in isolated surroundings replete with dungeons. Supernatural beings such as ghosts and living dead may be included in the twisted, thrilling, unveiling tale. The novel does contain many Gothic characteristics in a sense that it does explore the uses of dark dreary basements, where the monstrous creature is made. Frankenstein is not set in a dull and dreary basement but you could say that where Frankenstein worked on his creation to be a gloomy dreary room. There is a struggle between good and evil throughout the story, an example of this is seen in Victor Frankenstein and his monster. We also get a lot of suspense around the person who is next to be murdered or die. An example of this is before Elizabeth dies when Victor Frankenstein is anticipating his own death.

The Author of Frankenstein the novel Mary Shelly had a very unfortunate childhood. Death reeked all around her throughout her life. Her mother died giving birth to Mary and ever since Mary had blamed herself for the death of her mother and this is one of the many factors of her life that can be related to the novel disturbing story line. Her sister and her son William perished before her in along line of illness and disease.

Chapter five starts with p...

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...entence also hints at what is to

happen to Elizabeth as later on in the novel she is killed by the

monster on there wedding night and in the sentence Mary Shelly has

used the alliteration of "folds of the funnel" to emphasise the

element of horror. Such descriptive words as shroud, grave-worms and

corpse all create a sense of reality. They are harsh and produce

internal horror.

In all I think that Frankenstein can be classed as classically gothic

novel. It contains continuous references to typically gothic features.

Such scenes as the creation of the creature and the frequently

occurring deaths all help to analyse the novel. The novel contains

internal and external horror that is cleverly used to make the novel

more exciting and satisfying.

Works Cited

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Bedford Press, 1992.
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