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Following your reading of Frankenstein, which features indicate that is part of the gothic genre and the romantic literary tradition?

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Following your reading of Frankenstein, which features indicate that is part of the gothic genre and the romantic literary tradition? Novels of the gothic genre first began to be written in the late 18th Century. From the 1760's through to the 1820's the genre was very popular. Famous authors from this period include Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein. Gothic fiction is still very popular today and modern day authors have been strongly influenced by the works of writers such as Mary Shelley. Isolation is an important feature of works written in the gothic genre, Frankenstein has a definite theme of isolation. Victor; the main character in Frankenstein is physically and emotionally isolated when he is working on his creature. ...read more.

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The "hero" of Frankenstein - Victor has a major flaw. This is a classic feature of texts written in the romantic literary tradition and of the gothic genre. Victor's flaw is his arrogance, he ignores warnings about "creating life" and "blurring the line between life and death". Frankenstein again shows huge arrogance in his behaviour after the creation of the monster. He refuses to communicate with his creation for reasons based purely on the hideous appearance of the monster. Victor fails to see the dangerous outcomes of creating a living thing that could never be loved nor accepted. Frankenstein is typical of the romantic literary tradition in its contents. The novel has strong and subjective opinions Fear is important factor in texts of the gothic genre. ...read more.

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The surrounding nature clearly alters the mood of the characters but for Victor the influence of nature is not enough to prevent him realising that wherever he goes the monster will haunt him. The theme of playing god which features extensively in Frankenstein is not the only topic that remains relevant today. The idea of forbidden knowledge is important in Frankenstein - Victors attempt to go beyond human limits and find out the secret of life. Additionally Robert Walton's ruthless ambition to reach the North Pole and exceed previous human explorations is an example of this. Victor's search for knowledge ends in destruction with Victor losing the things most important to him. There is a definite moral to this theme of the novel. Frankenstein is a good example of the gothic genre and romantic literary tradition; Mary Shelley successfully links many features classic to gothic fiction to create a suspenseful and tense atmosphere. ...read more.

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