The Figurative Language In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley, wrote this novel on a rainy, gloomy day that became a staple piece in literature. She is famous for her novel, Frankenstein, that had a huge influence during the Romanticism age. Frankenstein is about a student who created a monster and was scared of his work of art. Frankenstein eventually comes back to request a partner, but when Victor refuses, Frankenstein comes back for revenge by going after Victor’s family, taking his brother and “wife-to-be’s”, life away. Throughout this novel Mary Shelley use different techniques to give this story life. In this novel- she uses symbolism, figurative language, and themes of such as knowledge and critics to shape the novel.To show how different of a novel Frankenstein is as a gothic horror…show more content…
Mary Shelley uses figurative language in her novel such as personification, metaphors and similes to let the reader understand the literal words that are used. Metaphor was being used when the creature exclaim that , “ Remember that I am thy creature: I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel.”(Shelley 10) Showing that the monster was comparing Victor, his creator, to Adam from the Bible and himself, a creature, to being a fallen angel, because Victor did not expect him to be the way that he is. In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley also uses simile to portray tones and also to show the different characteris that are being compared. For example, Frankenstein compares his feelings to a hurricane by saying, “No one can conceive the variety of feeling which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success.”(Shelley 4) This shows that he sees himself as someone who has a harder time having his feelings come out for other to tell what he 's feeling. Mary Shelley uses different examples of figurative language that makes her writing more of an imaginative piece. She also uses personification when giving an object human like characteristics such as the moon. For example, when Victor said that the moon gazed at him, “ I dedicated myself; and the moon glazed…”(Shelley 4) This represents personification because it 's not possible for a moon too do such thing as a human. Using figurative language help create a picture in our minds to understand whats is really going on in the
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