The Volcanic Eruption Of Mount Tambora

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In the New York Times article “ A Volcanic Eruption That Reverberates 200 Years Later,” William J. Broad discusses how the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora, “the most powerful eruption in recorded history” (Broad) played a role in icy weather, agricultural collapse, global and pandemic and even gave rise to celebrated monsters.” (Broad) In April of 1815, Mount Tambora, located in modern day Indonesia, erupted killing tens of thousands of innocent people. As a result of this eruption, “investigators found that the giant cloud of miniscule particles spread around the globe, blocked sunlight and produced three years of planetary cooling.” (Broad) Moreover, the “planetary effects [were] so extreme that many nations and communities sustained waves of famine, disease, civil unrest, and economic decline.” (Broad) In other words, there was a distorted pattern of weather that lasted approximately three years; thus ensuing cold weather, darkness, and even blizzards directly affecting the growth of crops which led to more loss of life. In particular, the summer of 1816 also known as “the year without a summer,” is credited for not only “paintings of fiery sunsets and tempestuous skies,” but also the birth of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus. Furthermore, it is this very freakish event of nature that sets the tone for the theme of nature in Frankenstein. Nature, as the setting to create, nature that soothes, and nature that destructs.

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