Writing Style Of Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley writing style for the novel Frankenstein is very special as it is written in a creative narrative point of view even though when reading it there are times when one can forget that Robert Walton is the true singular narrator. Frankenstein is both a frame narrative and a story within a story, the story within the story is seen through Walton telling of Victor’s telling of the Creature’s story. Mary Shelley’s writing style can clearly be seen in the novel with the letters from Robert Walton to his sister in which you can see the narrative point of view, however as you continue to chapter one it becomes hard to see that as it becomes the story within a story which then again happens when the creature tell Victor about what he has been doing since he was created. All of theses events are told by Walton yet it is hard to tell as the novel began to use words like “I” and “my” as if Victor was the narrator for example “I am by birth a Genevese, and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic.” (19) which is describing Victor yet it seems as he is saying it. This can be seen throughout the main part of the story but towards the end with “You have read this strange and terrific story, Margaret…” (182) you can again see that Walton has been the narrator the whole time. Frankenstein is a novel that is full of memorable quotes many of which have a much deeper meaning, one of the first ones is “What may not be expected in a country of eternal light?” (3)

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