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Is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein typicalof the horror genre?

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Is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein typical of the horror genre? To answer the question above, I firstly need to be clear about the term 'genre.' Genre is a particular style in art or literature, some examples of genres are: romantic, Romance, science-fiction and Gothic. Each genre has its own personal features, for example the romance genre deals with love, it normally has exotic settings and it deals with emotional issues. I am going to try and categorise the book and then try to decide whether or not it is just a horror story, or if it is more than that. If it is just a horror story then it will focus on death, darkness, fear and terror. It will also try to shock the reader and it will use suspense heavily. With this in mind, Frankenstein is definitely a horror story, for example Victor Frankenstein said, on the day when the creature was born, "a dreary night in November." This shows that the day is dark, which is typical of a day in a horror story. "Infuse a spark... into this lifeless thing" this is when he is talking about the creature, and there is definitely and emphasis on death and darkness. Victor says he also has "astounding horror" this shows that he is feeling especially horrified with the monster. From the beginning of the book, the horror genre is the primary genre in the novel, even before Victor Frankenstein's story has even begun there is evidence of horror. ...read more.

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This is because he knows that the monster is here to get revenge, as he has destroyed the work that he promised he would finish. This part of the novel is a true horror moment, and it is very typical, this part creates a lot of tension, as you don't know what the monster is going to do, as he has so much rage within him at this point. when the monster enters the room and Victor Frankenstein "trembled from head to foot," this shows that he does not know what to do and that he is absolutely terrified. All of these parts of the novel are very typical of the Gothic and horror genre, this shows that Frankenstein is definitely a horror story, but I do not believe that it is just a horror story. Another genre that is in the novel is the romantic genre and to help me answer the above question, I am going to analyse the parts of the novel where the Romantic genre apparent. Right from the beginning of the novel, the Romantic genre is a dominant feature of the book, before the novel has even started there is already one of the generic features is evident. The main generic feature is that the people of the Romantic period had a desire to change society for the better. The first example of this is the letters and the start of the novel, Robert Walton is trying to find the Northern passage through the Arctic. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is typical of Science-Fiction stories, as they tell you what would happen if we got the power to do something that we are not now able to do now. It tells you that if we got this power, it should not be used, or we could all suffer terrible consequences, So the novel also caries a moral, this is another generic feature of Science-Fiction novels. The final Frankenstein is typical of the Science-Fiction genre, but it is not one of the main genres in the book, as it is not typical through out all of the book. I believe that Frankenstein is definitely a horror story and that it is also a Gothic story, because it has many features that are typical of these genres. I do not believe that they are the main genres though, as the Romantic genre is a lot more dominant in this novel. I believe that this is mainly because of the time period that it was set in, as it was written in 1818, and this was when people were starting to discard the horror genre, and they were starting to believe in nature. Also the horror genre is only present in a few of the chapters and the Romantic genre is present in most. There are many other genres present, but none of them are feature as much as the Romantic genre. I do believe that Frankenstein is typical of the horror genre, but only in some of the novel, and it is more typical of the Romantic genre. By Joseph Ogden ...read more.

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