The Romantic Era Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

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The Romantic era, which originated in the 18th century, was a movement which sought to explore and return to human feelings. It also opposed the enlightenment movement, which sought reason and rationality, due that it found it cold and emotionless. Romanticism became one of the greatest periods of literature, but despite what one may think not all of it novels were about love or romance. Indeed, many of their period greatest writings were also about tragedy or drama, like “the rime of the ancient mariner” . Above many one of the greatest novels of this period was mary shelley’s Frankenstein, which have some of romanticism greatest themes First we have nature imagery, as show many times when Victor would get angry or moody and only the beauty of the alps would calm him down: “Sometimes I could cope with the sullen despair that overwhelmed me, but sometimes the whirlwind passions of my soul drove me to seek, by bodily exercise and by change of place, some relief from my intolerable sensations. It was during an access of this kind that I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near Alpine valleys, sought in the magnificence, the eternity of such scenes, to forget myself and my ephemeral, because human, sorrows.”(Shelley 78-79) This is a theme present in many writings of the romantic period,like for example “the rime of the ancient mariner”: And now there came both mist and snow, And it grew wondrous cold: And ice, mast-high, came floating by, As green as
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