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What aspects of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' contribute to its status as a gothic novel? Focus on the characterization of Victor Frankenstein and the monster, the setting, and the historical and social setting.

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What aspects of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' contribute to its status as a gothic novel? Focus on the characterization of Victor Frankenstein and the monster, the setting, and the historical and social setting. In 1816 Mary Shelley wrote this original story that is 'Frankenstein'. 'Frankenstein' is a Gothic Novel, which certainly contains a number of Gothic features, which are used throughout the whole story. The Gothic was part of the Romantic Movement that started in the 18th Century and lasted until the 1830s. Gothic Novels are based on imagination, which allows people to indulge in their fantasies. It was thought that Mary Shelley dreamt this original idea up in a nightmare she had. A lot of the Novel would be affected by what was going on around Shelley at the time. Before and even whilst Shelley was writing Frankenstein there was a lot of deaths in her life. There are many aspects of this novel that contribute to its Gothic Status. The character of Victor Frankenstein has many characteristics that add to the novel's Gothic status. One well-known feature that is used in Gothic literature is that elements of the supernatural are used: "Unless I had been animated by a Supernatural force." (Chapter 4. P. 49) This quote by Victor Frankenstein portrays the idea that the author could be a medium for some sort of supernatural force. ...read more.

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Ugly wretch! You wish to eat me and tear me to pieces. You are an ogre." (Chapter 16. P. 137) After insults like this there is no wonder why the monster is so upset and angry. This was a contrast because although the monster rescued the child, he got shot just because of the way he looks. It is events like this that occur throughout the story that build up the creatures anger so much that he wants his creator dead. Animal imagery is used to describe the creature in chapter 16. This could be seen as a Gothic feature as it makes the monster even more unusual and freak-like. One Gothic feature is that a piece of writing examines the limits of order/disorder and the monster definitely falls into this category: "I was like a wild beast that had broken the toils" (Chapter 16. P.131) This quote by the monster shows that he has lost all confidence in himself and even he can see himself as ugly and an animal. The word "beast" is of course the word we relate to animal imagery. He even describes himself as "wild" which shows that even he knows things got out of hand and he has done wrong. The Wretch also uses satanic imagery to describe himself, which has a similar effect as the animal imagery has. ...read more.

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It has symbolism behind it. The moon is supposed to be like menstruation and influence our emotions like menstruation does. The word menstruation is comes from the word month which is derived from the moon. Diana the Huntress is a mythical creature who is supposedly the Goddess of the moon. She is supposed to be a pioneer and have guided people through the wilderness. This obviously links to the novel 'Frankenstein' because the wretch spent most of his time in the wilderness of the forest. The novel 'Frankenstein' obviously falls into the Gothic category, following all features that good Gothic novels have. The Gothic literature characteristics and features, combined with Mary Shelley's great language techniques have made 'Frankenstein' a big success. 'Frankenstein' was an original storyline, inspired by a nightmare, and has carried on for centuries, making the name 'Frankenstein' a name everybody has heard of. Today, the name 'Frankenstein' has a myth behind it, which is a big green man with bolts through his neck and a deep croaky voice. After reading Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' I now know that Frankenstein was the creator of the monster and the wretch is actually an intelligent, sensitive being. Mary Shelley will carry on being well known for this original piece and her 'Frankenstein' has done the Gothic novel status proud. The novel is still raising important questions today because life has still not been formed. The nearest we have got to this was Dolly, the world's first cloned mammal and she died young of lung disease. ...read more.

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