Frankenstein

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Frankenstein


By: Anonymous

The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley is an excellent example of the Romantic Movement.
The movement took place in the period from the late 1700's to the mid-1800; it emphasized
passion rather than reason and imagination and intuition rather than logic. One of the key
concepts most Romantic writers used was, nature is a source of inspiration. They believed
that people who lived in an industrialized area were unhappy because the environment
around them was not full of the beautiful gifts of nature. While people who lived in the
countryside all their lives were full of happiness as a result of their surroundings. This
concept is beautifully brought out in Frankenstein. Having this concept in the novel makes
the narrative more powerful, this is because the impact of the narrative is heightened
when the environment of what is going on corresponds with the emotions of characters in
it. It also makes it more powerful by making the reader feel more emotions over the
reading. The following are a few examples of the ways Shelley expresses this concept in
the novel. One way Shelley shows nature as an inspiration is through the geography of the
settings. In the beginning of the novel when Victor lives in Geneva it is described, as
isolated and dwarfed by massive snow capped mountain ranged and hunted be the emptiness of
the lake. Later on in the novel and in the letters in the beginning Shelly puts the
characters in the wildest, most isolated areas in Europe: The Swiss and French Alps, the
Rhine Valley, the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Russia and the Arctic.
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