Frankenstein and the Romantic Era Essay

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Frankenstein and the Romantic Era

Frankenstein and the Romantic Era
In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the plot, setting, and characters reflect the
historical and philosophical aspects of the Romantic era. This includes the emphasis on
the impossible, the magical, and on freedom. It can also be related to the time period in
which it was written, with the continued journey into the unknown, in science and
exploration, and with the disarray of the world.

In 1816, the reanimation of dead tissue was not only amazing but unheard of. The idea that
Victor Frankenstein could bring a being of this type alive was outrageous yet fascinating
at the same time. This novel of great accomplishment is very similar to others of this
period which were written beyond the realm of human possibility.

Another element of the romantic Age reflected in Frankenstein is the importance of
freedom. The letters from Walton to his sister tell of his journey into the icy waters of
the arctic. He is free to take his ship to any destination he pleases. This control over
ones destiny is seen in Romantic novels often. Another example of freedom is in
Frankenstein's creation of the monster. His freedom is what allows him to explore the
subject which society would tell one to avoid. This freedom is what Romantic writers often
attempted as they were trapped in the oppressive society of the eighteenth century.

Frankenstein touches upon the historic elements of this time period. Society's continued
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