Nature in "Frankenstein" Book Review by Babak

Nature in "Frankenstein"
An analysis of the symbolism of nature in Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein".
# 115546 | 1,203 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 02, 2009 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" and through a comparative view of how the monster and Victor react to nature, the paper looks at how we get a better understanding of the novel's themes and characterization. The paper relates that, through Victor's adoration of mountains and the monster's love of serene landscapes, one can notice a relation between their personalities and their love of the sublime in nature. Also examined is how the protagonist Victor reveals, through his love of the sublime, an obsession for glory, and how Shelly very deliberately made Victor and the monster understandable through these formations as a kind of way to display her Romanticist view on the importance of nature.

From the Paper:

"Aside from having mountains in nature display what kind of aspirations Victor had, Shelly also used aspects of nature to represent a mood or attitude in all the places that Victor went to. For instance, when he was first in his laboratory creating his monster the weather was bleak and it was raining displaying his dreary attitude. Also in the arctic his final resting place, the freezing icy landscape could represent how emotionally cold he had become after all he went through. As he was creating a bride for his monster he says, "I thought of Switzerland; it was far different from this desolate and appalling landscape. Its hills are covered with veins..." (pg 119). This quote demonstrates that his surrounding were a reflection why he abhorred his task. As Victor recalls Switzerland it brings him a sense of nostalgia. "

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