Books and Movies Reviews

Frankenstein

The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is focused on the elements of the supernatural and feelings evoked throughout the story.Frankenstein is not a tale of a "monster story" as one may view it as, in actuality it is very typical of a Romantic Period style novel.With the description of nature, and being "in tune" with it, Shelley expresses the need and desire of one's relationship with nature.Shelly expresses the need and desire of one's relationship by elaborating one the feelings of the monster.Her elements of nature and emotion make Frankenstein the typical Romantic Period classic it is today.
A common element in a Romantic Period classic is the use of nature throughout the story.Nature is used predominately through the course of the novel.In the beginning when Victor is about fifteen years old, he witnesses a bolt of lighting destroy a tree. This incident inspires him to change to the study of
natural phenomena, instead of natural philosophy. From that point on, he concentrates on electricity and galvanism. He views witnessing the lightening strike as the "miraculous change of inclination and will was the immediate suggestion of the guardian angel of my (his) life" . The guardian angel, or fatality, stopped him from going any further with his experiments. At the same time, it is this destiny that makes him carry his experiment further and leads him to his own doom. In the beginning the monster tries to familiarize himself with his surroundings. He begins to understand his senses and gets used to the idea of being a human. Atfirst he only wanders around looking for shelter. He is surrounded by nature. He enjoys the sights and sounds and tries to imitate the latter, but the sound of his own voice discourages him. Another instance involving nature is the murder of Elizabeth.Victor and Elizabeth are in a "lovely scene of waters, woods, and mountains, obscured in darkn…

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