The Romantic Era Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

1343 WordsJul 27, 20166 Pages
Oscar Wilde once said, “The imagination imitates [but] it is the critical spirit that creates;” and it was the Romantic Era which established and seized the essences of Oscar Wilde’s quote. The romantic era really demonstrated how the previously untapped potential of the creative mind was on the threshold of redefining the intellectual spirit. The romantic era was a time of complete transition in regards to the arts because it was a movement predicated on defying the standards and rigidity that previously controlled the art world. There were numerous romantic era authors but one of the most creative authors of that time was Mary Shelley. Mary Shelley created a timeless work of art when she penned Frankenstein. Frankenstein was not…show more content…
Everything the pervious classification of art established, romanticism turned on its side and established the opposite. An important characteristic of romanticism was how it places more emphasis on nature. The other artistic styles were so focused on interpreting and depicting what was acceptable in and to eyes of society, that nature and any form of its representation fell out of favor with those critical of art. Additionally, prior to romanticism the emotions within art were stripped from the art world, but romanticism fed off of the emotions of the artist. It was the emotion from the artist that provided the life and added to the experience of the viewer. Mary Shelley not only applied the emotional connection to Frankenstein, she took it a step further and intertwined the emotions of each character. One of the real emotional moments within Frankenstein, truly bridges the connection to emotion that the romanticism movement was trying to capture. It is at this moment within the novel that as the reader, you understand and feel the sorrow, depression, and loneness the monster has endured up to this point within the story. It is a true introspective moment and indicates the humanity that is beginning to bud within the monster when he states, “Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity,
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