Romanticism And Romanticism In Frankenstein

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Frankenstein, a novel written by Mary Shelley, is often a surprise to students who read it due to it’s complex monster and lack of modern horror cliches. However, Frankenstein is in fact a horror novel in it’s own way. Frankenstein’s monster represents the unnatural and grotesque outcome of new science, something that those residing in the Romanticism era generally feared. Frankenstein is a horror novel because the creature’s grotesque and unnatural appearance are a foil to a Romantic era that emphasized the importance of beauty. Because of this, the creature was constantly rejected throughout the novel, resulting in the layered and complex creature at the end of the novel. In the beginning of the novel, Frankenstein is entirely ecstatic to be creating the creature, he is blinded by his ambition and cannot truly see what is being made in front of him. Then, when he finally finishes the creature and gives it the gift of life, he is completely disgusted by what he made. Frankenstein even remarks about his creation that, “A mummy endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch” (Shelley 49). With this remark, it shows that Frankenstein fears his creation not for what it is, but simply for how it looks. It can be inferred that Shelley wanted the society in the novel to be a a parallel to her own Romantic society, and therefore saw fit to make the monster in Frankenstein something that her readers would also fear. Because of the reader’s fear of the grotesque, the
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