Gothic Elements In Frankenstein

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Gothic novels surround the idea of the supernatural, misery, distress, gloom, and horror among other vessels. Within events, settings, and storylines gothic moods and tones are portrayed using different elements such as those. Mary Shelley uses these keys things in Frankenstein to give the reader this image that is gothic. The setting for example is mostly set in a gloomy place or moment, such as the cold Arctic, which is dangerous, dark and not natural for human living. “ we were nearly surrounded by ice, which closed in the ship on all sides, scarcely leaving her the sea-room in which she floated. Our situation was somewhat dangerous, especially as we were compassed round by a very thick fog.” (M Shelley P19) The start of the book is set here and Mary Shelley sets a dangerous atmosphere for Victors’ story to be told. At the beginning of the novel, Mary Shelley gives the readers a taste of the creature that is to come “ We perceived a low carriage, fixed on a sledge and drawn by dogs, pass on towards the north, at the distance of half a mile: a being which had the shape of a man, but apparently of gigantic stature.” ( M Shelley P20) this sets the foundation of the mystery as to what the novel is going to about. Writing of an odd gigantic “man” adds a tension in the story, which is a part of the Gothic tone. Mary Shelley, tells of Victor and what sees first hand just how dangerous nature can be at a young age ,” As I stood at the door, on a sudden I beheld a stream of

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