The Gothic Theme In Frankenstein Essay examples

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     The term Gothic refers to a genre that came about in the late eighteenth century. It can be a type of story, clothing, or music nowadays. In this paper it will refer to a style of literature. A very good example of this type of literature is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. There is a sense of foreboding throughout the whole novel, which is one of the basic necessities of the Gothic. This theme of the Gothic has different characteristics that all fit into the story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster and make this one of the first horror stories every told.      The very first characteristic of a Gothic novel is its sinister setting. The opening sentence in Frankenstein sets the mood…show more content…
58). While flipping through the novel, the reader can be certain of catching a glimpse of the words rain, dark, horror, and tears.       The second characteristic of the Gothic theme is the fascination with the unconscious and abnormal psychology. This includes things such as secrets and crime, both of which share the spotlight in Frankenstein. The main secret in the novel is the existence of the monster, which ultimately leads to the demise of all of Victor's loved ones. For example, if he had told Elizabeth about the threat made by the monster for their wedding night, she might not have been killed. When Victor finally tells his secret to Walton, it is as if some of the burden has been lifted and he dies soon after. Even Walton is "searching for the secrets of the pole" (Parkin-Gounelas, 216)      One of the ways the theme of the unconscious is depicted is the insanity that Victor finds himself stuck in. After the death of Clerval, he is locked up for some time. He doesn't remember much of the time that he was in his cell, but he says, "I lay for two months on the point of death: my ravings, as I afterwards heard were frightful; I called myself the murderer of William, of Justine, and of Clerval" (p.171). He goes on in great description about the insanity and terror that he felt. The crime aspect of this

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