Mary Shelly and the Romantic Era

939 WordsFeb 4, 20184 Pages
The story written by Mary Shelly reflects the mood of the Romantic era in numerous ways. Some of these themes include views on science, changes in the weather across Europe, mistrust of advancements in science and the role of disease and death and the loneliness that resulted. The experiences of Shelly and even the setting and location where she formed the idea for Frankenstein display interesting themes of the time period. Disease and death were a common theme throughout the Romantic era. Not only did it affect Shelly’s life directly, the topic of personal loss was evident throughout her novel. The murders of Victor’s family and friends by the monster displayed this theme but it was also on display early in the book with Victor’s mother catching the Scarlet Fever and dying after attending to Elizabeth during a bout of the same. Disease, tragedy and death seemed to be a sad but very common part of life during this time period. Interestingly, changes in the climate and weather of Europe were a key factor in the idea of Frankenstein coming about. Due to this inclement weather, a period of time was spent indoors by Mary, her husband and some of her friends. After discussions about ghost stories, gothic writings and reanimated corpses, Mary’s imagination rose to the occasion and after a nightmare one night Frankenstein was born. As a side note, I also found the mood the Frankenstein book felt cold and gloomy throughout. Although the scenery
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