Critical Analysis of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'

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The essay discussed in this document is Said I. Abdelwahed's "The Gothic, Frankenstein and the Romanics", which was published in 1997 in An-Najaj N. J. Res. The author is the assistant professor of English literature at Gaza's Al-Azhar University. These credentials are fairly impressive considering the international reputation of the university the author was working at during the time of publication. Additionally, the author's status as an assistant professor helps to imbue this work with a degree of scholarship commensurate with that of most scholarly journals. The author's aim of this particular article is fairly widespread. He attempts to posit the viewpoint that Shelley's Frankenstein is indicative of both Gothic and Romantic literature. On a broader perspective, he claims that "Gothicism runs parallel to Romanticism and presents many points of convergence and contact with it" (Abdelwahed 37). This latter claim operates as the author's thesis; he spends a great deal of the paper deconstructing various points of Frankenstein to demonstrate that it contains elements that are both traditionally Romantic as well as Gothic. His thesis is a suitable one in the sense that it is contestable; quite often, Shelley's novel is regarded as a work of British Romanticism, one of the fewer novels exemplifying this aesthetic. Abdelwahed's approach to supporting his thesis is logical, if not somewhat labored. Initially, the author presents a number of facts regarding the nature of
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