The Consequences Of Romanticism In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

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Romanticism Evolved, Frankenstein Mary Shelly transformed the horror genre with her novel Frankenstein, a story focusing on death that was overcome by science and reanimation. Although essentially a horror novel, Shelly discusses the moral consequences of reanimating the dead and sheds light on the question of life and death itself. This focus on life and death, however, is paralleled by Shelly’s warning of how dangerous the desire of knowledge can become. The threat of science was a crucial theme for Romanticism, which did not support science’s connection to the natural world. The story Frankenstein was heavily influenced by Romantic themes, which focused on a connection to nature, an exploration of the imagination and sublime, an individual’s inner world and the exotic. Shelly’s Frankenstein, is consistent with these themes and creates a memorable story about reviving death. Before discussing how Romanticism was portrayed, it is necessary to state the ideological groundwork of this movement. Romanticism was a philosophical, artistic and literary movement that originated in the 18th century. This was characterized chiefly by a reaction against neoclassicism and the period of Enlightenment, which was more scientific and rational in nature. However, romanticism stressed an emphasis on the imagination and emotions. For example, the Enlightenment thinkers condemned the Middle Ages as “Dark Ages”, a period of ignorance and irrationality. The romantics, conversely, idealized
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