Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's Autumn Essay

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Autumn is a time traditionally associated with the beauty of nature, the changing of the leaves, the crisp air. However, Mary Shelley’s autumn, as depicted in the last paragraph on page 131, is a time of transition, a time between the joys of summer and the utter desolation of winter. In her best-known novel, Frankenstein, Shelley utilizes the change of the seasons to illustrate the monster’s position in between nature and civilization. Civilization is defined as human cultural, social, and intellectual development, or the comfort and convenience of modern life, as found in towns and cities. Knowledge is used to overcome the physical trials of nature and relationships with others make living bearable. It is important to note that civilization is directly linked to quality of being human, which the monster lacks. On the other hand, nature is the creative and regulative power, which is conceived of as operating in the material world and as the immediate cause of its phenomena. Through the juxtaposition of the monster and cottagers and their positions in the world, the aforementioned passage illustrates the notion that civilization has the power to transcend the dictates of nature to create a more pleasurable life.
In the passage, the cottagers are presented as living in the realm of civilization. The identifier “cottager” itself suggests civilization. The family has found a way to manipulate nature to work to their benefit. As their name suggests, they dwell in this structure…

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