Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was written during the Romantic period. If follows the trend of romantic novels of containing gothic themes, but with more profound meaning in the message that the novel tries to convey. Shelley’s use of imagery especially of the monster and how people react upon seeing him is an perfect example for how she held a broken mirror to society showing how people react to things that are different and unknown. In the novel the monster is a greater metaphor for people that fall into the category for being offbeat from the social norm. Even today decades since the publication of Frankenstein people are still subjected to being judged on their appearance or because they see the world differently. In one article, it was written that, “Mary Shelley (1996) is one such author, having created the classic story Frankenstein - and perhaps literature’s most infamous orphan - after an inspirational dream about a terrifying fiend” (D’Amato 118). This shows that D’Amato believes that both Shelley’s dream and novel may have been both an outlet to her own cut off from society as being a woman was very stifling during the time that she wrote the novel. It talks about how her imagery in the novel was her way of expressing the hideous way that women were not allowed to express themselves to the fullest of their right. The world has a really stringent system on what it considers to be normal or not. For millennia people who don’t follow the…

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