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Gothic Literature : The Gothic Genre

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Katelyn Tiamson
English Honors IV
Mrs. Schroder
8 December 2016
Frankenstein
Gothic literature is a style of writing that contains elements of both horror and romance. This genre allows readers to experience a mix of horror and romance intertwined. Within the gothic genre there are elements of supernatural events, beings, and gloomy day settings. This style of writing became popular in the late 18th century and early 19 century. Many give credit to it’s uprising to author Horace Walpole, who wrote The Castle of Otranto (1764). His book contains all the elements that constitute the gothic genre. Frankenstein fits perfectly into the gothic category because the gloomy and mysterious setting is placed where most readers think of it as
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This hints to the reader that Victor is in a graveyard and has little regard for human life when he calls the once living food for the worms.
Gothic literature has a strong presence of the supernatural world and with that comes mystery. Supernatural can be defined by events that science and nature cannot explain, these event are considered magical or otherworldly. Within this work of literature Victor Frankenstein raises the dead to create a monster. Shelly makes this a mystery to the readers because she never goes into detail on the science of how to create this being. “So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein-more, far more will I achieve treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” ( Shelly 46). This quote lets the reader sees how Frankenstein has an interest in a supernatural world and will stop at nothing to create his monster even if it means venturing into the unknown of science. In order for Victor to achieve his desire of bringing someone back from the dead, Shelly lets the reader knows this creature was made by using many different body parts from different people, “I collected bones from charnel houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame” (55 Shelly). This scene is especially gruesome because it gives the
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