The Gothic Elements Of Frankenstein

Decent Essays
Blake Sisson
Mrs. Schroder
Honors English IV
December 8 2016
The Gothic Elements of Frankenstein Gothic novels are stories written in the gothic genre which is a literature genre of fiction characterized by an atmosphere of mystery and horror. This genre rose to, and flourished in, popularity during the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the most famous novels of this Genre is Frankenstein, also known as the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein is about a scientist who creates a grotesque sentient monster in an unorthodox science experiment. Other examples of popular Gothic books include; The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and The Monk: A Romance by Matthew Lewis. The Gothic genre, as well as most
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Also, Victor’s use of technologies, little understood by most readers, for unnatural purposes adds to the mystery of the monster’s creation.
Furthermore, the settings of novels of this genre play a role in establishing the novel’s Gothic feel. It is typical for Gothic novels to feature strange, distant, and isolated settings to tie into the mysterious feel of the genre. Frankenstein is set in continental Europe, specifically Germany and Switzerland, which is unknown to the average reader, particularly when the novel was originally published. Victor’s lab is also a place of mystery as laboratories and science experiments were not well known in the time period Frankenstein is set in. The laboratory is particularly mysterious when it is used for the unnatural practice of reanimating corpses. The chase scene, that ensues as Victor hunts his monster, takes the narrative away from civilization to the arctic, a region distant to and unexplored by most readers. Additionally, many of the locations in Frankenstein leave Victor, and the other characters, isolated from society adding to the gloom and dreariness of the setting. However, the setting is not the only isolating factor, Victor is also psychologically isolated through his own predicament. Victor is alone in his struggle against his creation as he cannot seek help from others for fear of being labeled insane. Again this adds to mysterious feel and tone of the novel. Finally, the characters in Gothic novels
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