Foreshadowing And Thematic Elements In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley's use of foreshadowing and different thematic elements, is what makes Frankenstein a true horror story.Themes such as fate and deception are prevalent throughout the novel. These themes aide in foreshadowing and allowing the reader to predict what will happen throughout the story. One prediction is that the monster that Victor has created, will attack the town and destroy everything he loves. Frankenstein will have to admit his faults and be outcast from his family and country.

A major clue to the course of Frankenstein’s journey is revealed when he states that “..the first misfortune of my life occurred-an omen,as it were, of my future misery.” (18) This foreshadows the tragedies Victor will face for viewing life and death as insignificant. In the beginning chapters the reader is introduced to Victor and his great plans to create life. However, he has filled his life with lies and isolates himself from his family. He does not think
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Frankenstein goes on to a most unGodlike destiny, rejecting and deserting his creation, who responds, with rebellion and murder. Another example of Mary Shellys theme of fate is when Victor states, "I thank you," he replied, "for your sympathy, but it is useless; my fate is nearly fulfilled. I wait but for one event, and then I shall repose in peace. (Letter 4)

In closing, the reader is reminded of the different themes and foreshadowing techniques used throughout the novel. The deception of Victor, and the theme of fate are used to predict future events. The reader can conclude that Frankenstein made a grave mistake deceiving his countrymen and isolating himself from his family. His lies and unnatural creation lead to him being outcast from his
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