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The story of Frankenstein is set in the early nineteenth century in the most popular genre of the time: Gothic Horror.

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Frankenstein The story of Frankenstein is set in the early nineteenth century in the most popular genre of the time: Gothic Horror. Gothic horror is intended to bring fear to the reader and show the dark and often evil side of human nature. Many of the authors of Gothic Horror stories are female such as Mary Shelley the author of Frankenstein. It was not uncommon to, as Mary Shelley has done, to take new discoveries and write a story of the development of these discoveries, which turn with terrible consequences into a horror story. The gothic nature comes from the descriptions of places or objects such as "Let the cursed and hellish monster drink deep of agony; let him feel the despair that now torments me." And it can often be linked to spiritual forebodings and cursing as is the case when Frankenstein calls on "spirits of the dead" and "wandering ministers of vengeance" to "aid and conduct" him in his work. These such callings would have caused a great horror to the readers as it was written at a time when it was believed that spirits, witches and magic was a reality and calling on these things was a absolute evil. ...read more.

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Illness finally catches up with Frankenstein as he had neglected his body whilst his mind was bent on making the creature and he becomes bedridden for a long time. In the meantime the monster has escaped. The monster is hated by humans and even dogs bark and growl at him as he is so ugly. He retreats to a small house in a forest where he teaches himself to speak and read and probably write too. The people who he stays with do not know he is there as he stays near their house but not in it. He does many anonymous, generous things for them thinking that it would help them bear the sight of him. This works as he enters the house when only the old, blind member of the family is home. They have a talk and the man is the first person to treat the monster kindly. This makes the monster relax and think that maybe he could be accepted somewhere in the world, but the other members of the house have the power of sight and when they see him he is beaten out of the house. ...read more.

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The monster pays Frankenstein back for creating him in the first place by destroying everyone he loves at causing him pain and agony at losing his loved ones. Frankenstein then swears to follow him to the ends of the Earth and kill him. He follows him wherever the monster leads him but finally death beats Frankenstein and he dies of weariness. The monster then seeing that his mission is complete takes a sledge to the North Pole and sets it alight and lies down in it. The whole story is written in first person, which isn't the most common method for books but makes a good change as it works very well and the whole story fits together perfectly. There is a lot of descriptions of places, people and objects, so it paints an even more vivid and scary atmosphere. It makes things scary but without taking it out of proportion so it is even more realistic. The only fault it has in this day is that we now know that the story isn't credible as being real as we have made amazing advances with electricity and it isn't possible to animate life in the way that Frankenstein did. ...read more.

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