Erin Lashley. Kathryn Schroder. English Iv Honours. 6 December
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English IV Honours
6 December 2016
The Landscapes of Frankenstein
Gothic stories often display extreme landscapes, power struggles, and passionate characters, all of which Mary Shelley includes in her novel Frankenstein. By including these in her writing, Shelley has expanded her metaphors to help the reader gain extra knowledge about both of her main characters, Victor Frankenstein and the Monster.
From the opening landscape, the reader begins to get the feeling that this will be an interesting story. A man found wandering the North Pole, who the reader later learns is Victor Frankenstein, suffers through sub-freezing temperatures, intense winds, lack of adequate food and water, and an exhausting lack of…show more content… No matter how much he learns about the world and about himself, he will always be treated as an outcast and as a monster. He no longer trusts humans, as his attempts at friendship were ruined due to his hideous and intimidating appearance. He tries to befriend an old man, but the family chases him off. He tries rescuing a little girl, but her father shoots him. He tries talking to a passerby, but once he discovers he is the brother of his creator, he kills him in his rage and blames another. Because of what he has learned since his creation, the Monster pleads with Frankenstein. He tries to explain his loneliness, and feels as though a companion who would share the same disconnect from the rest of the world would be the only one who could be able to understand him.
While working on his second Monster, Frankenstein moves to the Orkneys for solitude. He joins the five inhabitants, rents out one of the three huts there, and begins to work. He soon realizes that although his first experiment brought him enthusiasm and excitement, his new project sickens him and fills him with dread. With the cold wind whipping around the small island, he decides that bringing another Monster into the world is not worth it, no matter the consequences. The reader sees the power struggle between the two - the creator versus the created. Frankenstein feels as though he owes it to the world to never repeat his mistake, while