Parallels in "Frankenstein" Book Review

Parallels in "Frankenstein"
An analysis of the Gothic and Romantic parallels in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".
# 102813 | 1,092 words | 0 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Apr 02, 2008 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how author Mary Shelley utilizes both romanticism and Gothic styles in her classic novel "Frankenstein". More specifically, the paper examines how Shelley uses romantic and Gothic conventions to a draw a parallel between the character of Victor and his creation.

From the Paper:

"Both Victor and the monster embark on typical Romantic quests, again drawing a parallel between the two. In Romantic literature, characters explore the unknown, often in search of irrational explanations. Victor journeys into the realm of creationism and takes on a God-like persona. "Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me" (52). Victor yearns for incomparable knowledge and is willing to isolate himself from happiness and support to attain it. "And the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom I had not seen for so long a time" (52). "

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