Romantic Elements And Romanticism In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Romanticism was marked by a shift from faith in reаson to faith in the senses and in nature and from concern with the scientific to interest in the mysterious and infinite. The romantic poets seek a way to capture and represent the sublime moment and experience (Fite 17), therefore, the more personal that moment is, the better. This paper introduces Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein as an iconic literary work about isolation and the distortion of the idea of a perfect man. The aim is to show how. by combining elements from the gothic and romantic periods, the author has masterfully created a monster figure, both supporting and contradicting the Romantic ideals. It also shows how throughout her whole novel, Shelley explores the identity and essence…show more content…
Hume notes that Gothic elements are only in the atmosphere of a novel, not in the values and problems it discusses. For him this conflict between the two genres, discussed abundantly by critics, is baseless because the two genres actually complete each other. Victor Frankenstein is a character that clearly exemplifies the Romantic qualities and his monster carries the image of his creator. According to Cantor, Frankenstein and the monster are mirror images of each other; they are the same being, observed in different aspects. Hume also supports this claim by stating that the creature, which was meant to be beautiful, reflects in its outward form Victor’s inward deformity. He gives an example with the early history of the monster that craves love, which is an ironic reproduction of Frankenstein 's personality, for he can neither express love, nor respond properly to human emotions. The result of this intercourse between Gothic and Romantic elements is a novel that is far more complex and sophisticated than the work of many of her contemporaries by provoking philosophical, ethical and moral questions left to the reader to answer, as said by Nicole

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