Romantic and Gothic Influences in "Frankenstein" Book Review

Romantic and Gothic Influences in "Frankenstein"
An analysis of the romantic and gothic characteristics in Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein".
# 105542 | 1,164 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 09, 2008 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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The paper looks at how Shelley cleverly crafts her chilling story "Frankenstein" by incorporating and contrasting feelings of horror characteristic of the Gothic genre with natural settings and emotional expressions of Romanticism. The paper shows how the Romantic values are stressed, with Gothic elements providing the background. The paper maintains that both of these different styles help mold "Frankenstein" into a literary masterpiece for generations to come.

From the Paper:

"The feeling of darkness, gloom, and qualities familiar to the Gothic genre are ever present in Frankenstein. According to Margaret Brantley in the Introduction of Frankenstein, Gothic literature is defined by "the Romantic literature preoccupied with mystery, horror, and the supernatural... tended to feature brooding tones, remote settings, and mysterious events" (xvi). Indeed, the book's main plot consists of the bone-chilling concept of the creation of a hideous monster who wreaks havoc upon Frankenstein and his beloved circle. The description of a newly-born monster is horrifying and detailed"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004.

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