Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; 1817
Gothicism is part of the Romantic Movement that started in the late eighteenth century and lasted about three decades into the nineteenth century. The Romantic Period is the historical period in which Frankenstein was written. It stretches from 1785 to 1830, a time of important political and social upheaval. It was a time in which England had changed from a largely agricultural society to a modern industrial nation, and with this change came a shift in the balance of economic power, the aristocracy 's influence declined as that of the wealthy, industry-owning middle classes grew. It was also a time of revolution and war. First the American Civil War and later the French revolution brought…show more content… After working unhappily for his father, Henry begins to follow in Victor’s footsteps as a scientist. His cheerfulness counters Victor’s gloominess.
William Frankenstein- (handsome; tattle-tale)
William Frankenstein is Victor’s youngest brother and the sweetheart of the Frankenstein family. The monster strangles William in the woods outside Geneva in order to hurt Victor for abandoning him. William’s death deeply saddens Victor and burdens him with tremendous guilt about having created the monster.
Captain Walton 's ship in the North Pole
"[...] a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived" (Shelley 50).
Dante tells us that the ninth circle of hell is reserved for those who have committed betrayal. Although, the tale begins and ends in the Arctic with the explorer Robert Walton seeking a northwest passage. On his journey he first meets Victor Frankenstein and then the monster himself. The arctic atmosphere itself is a fitting symbol for the scientific enterprise on which Frankenstein has embarked and Walton is embarking. The landscape is barren and white. It is the human beings destiny who turn the landscape and scientific creation into colorful creation or black horror.
“I would remain quietly in my hovel, watching and endeavouring to discover the motives which influenced their actions” (Shelley 108).
As the monster tells of his adventures, the scene shifts to Germany and the humble cottage of the De Laceys, where the monster has watched to learn how