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Trace and discuss the role of letters and written communication throughout the novel. How important is this to the development of the plot and various relationships?

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2. Trace and discuss the role of letters and written communication throughout the novel. How important is this to the development of the plot and various relationships? Frankenstein was introduced at first through a series of letters, allowing some major themes of the story to be magnified and analyzed further in depth. It causes readers to think about what has been mentioned in the text, and how it exemplifies the entire story altogether as a gothic novel. Throughout this essay, I will be commenting on how this manner of epistolary narrative has contributed to the major themes of the novel. When the letters begin, it is evidently clear that the tone is informal. Most of the letters are written to Elizabeth, hence showing that the 2 siblings are close despite the absence of a blood relationship. ...read more.


Secondly, the term "Frankenstein" usually depicts a monster created by spare parts, rising from the dead and terrorizing the innocent villagers with a limitless rage due to not being accepted as one of their kind. To some extent in the novel, that is true. However, when the monster is initially created, the line of difference between creator and monstrosity was without a doubt, evidently clear. However, as the story progresses, that line of difference starts to degenerate, and one can slowly identify growing similarities between Victor and the monster. Therefore, while it was widely believed that the "Frankenstein in the novel" was in reference to the monster alone, it can now be seen that Victor has slowly transformed into a "Frankenstein", hence making this literary text more intriguing and in a strange way, anonymous. ...read more.


On the other hand, their similarities include both having emotions: Victor's resentment towards the final outcome of the monster and the monster's anger at being abandoned and in turn exacting revenge on others. The novel also successfully brings out the viewpoints and expressions of the writer. In "Frankenstein", for example, the degrading of Victor's sanity - from a pleasant well-to-do person to someone driven to madness with a constant obsession over the monster. Thus, from this, I can conclude that the epistolary narrative of the novel Frankenstein has contributed to the major themes of the novel through expression of a personal approach and the story written in a first person perspective over time, which shows the progress made by the narrator through the story. It also effectively brings out the viewpoints of certain characters such as Victor and Walton, hence allowing readers to gain a greater understanding to these characters. ...read more.

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