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Subliminal Context of Horror within Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein deals with much. It has the obvious nightmarish terrors represented in the monster, terrifying in both sight and murderous actions. There however exists a subliminal context of horror within the narrative. The characters within the narrative reveal the moral shortcomings of humanity, and when stripped to its base constructs, amount to little more than what the monster becomes. It shows the psychological frailty of man, and when unhinged the dangers it is capable of. The civilized mind can refer to both the individual and society, or humanity as a whole. It is also interesting and worth to note the interaction and juxtaposition of the two entities interacting with each other; the terrors within the individual under the cloak of a civilized mind intermingling with society and the demons in hides away in the shadows. Fear is oftentimes the culprit of a mind’s downfall. It transforms average anxieties and typical __ into nightmarish terrors which run rampant in Gothic Writing. It is why Gothic writing had, and stil has a foothold in the realm of literature, the texts within the genre speak to the fears that incessantly itch the brain. One of these fears would be loneliness (reword). Unwelcome solitude has the ability to drive a sane man to insanity and a mad man to decrepitude. It is what first borne the ill will within the monster, for “I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity: but am I not alone, miserably alone?” (100). Knowledge is the
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