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How does Mary Shelly use setting to reflect plot and character in Frankenstein? How did Frankenstein influence the Gothic genre?

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How does Mary Shelly use setting to reflect plot and character in Frankenstein? How did Frankenstein influence the Gothic genre? Insight to Setting and Genre The common settings found in horror genre are secluded and isolated areas where no social contact is made. These gothic type genres are set at night time and there are a lot of superstitious activities. They are usually located near woods and are obviously spooky-looking. They seem gloomy and dark. This links with Frankenstein as the story starts in the Arctic where Captain Walton sees two sledges. This is an isolated place and it emphasises the reader that this is from the horror genre. The 'setting' in the book is where the story has taken place e.g. lonely or some sort of abandoned place where no touch of contact has been sensed. We've looked at these settings in Frankenstein as they take place in the North Pole. This is a place if once your journey gets broken basically you will not survive. ...read more.

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Then the lightning strikes. It was late at night and this once again is a typical horror convention. There were a lot of shadows in the room; hardly any natural light was visible, this signifies the horror conventions and the reader starts getting this feeling of deja vu that something bad will be happening ahead of the victim. Mary Shelley uses strong language to describe the dreadful atmospere. She uses words like ' catastrophe', 'wretch' and ''anxiety that almost amounted to agoney''. These words help the reader to visualise and imagine the awful surroundings. All this represents his feelings as he is highly anxious and enthusiastic. He was so keen in his work that he does not take one day's holiday during the two years. He did not go home and his letters were very short to his family. He almost forgot about them. He worked day and night in his laboratory, all through a beautiful summer. All this tells me that his work had him so anxious and so nervous that even a falling leaf made jump out of his skin. ...read more.

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Insight in Shelley's changing of the Genre In the beginning the monster was childlike, kind and helpful but with the time he gains knowledge he becomes miserable. His internally boiled environment leads to burning of the hut. The monster feels sort of world-weary and it seems as if he's tired of existence as people reflect upon him in a not so kind way. He feels exasperated because his master that is Frankenstein has abandoned him and has totally disregarded his creation. His creator, Victor Frankenstein should have cared for the monster inspite of his disgusting appearance. Frankenstein has failed to provide the monster with any type of parental guidance, instead he runs away from his responsibilities. At this point the monster faces intense rejection and feels deeply unloved; he is fearful, frightened and anxious. At monster's point of view he wavers between loving people and hating them for their acts upon him. The weather and the flames reflect the monster's feelings. Flames represent monster's aggression. The weather also tells us about the monster's mood. The thunder may represent the monster's feelings as he boils with anger. ?? ?? ?? ?? English coursework ...read more.

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