Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein Essay

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Nature is arguably the most powerful force in the world, a wonder capable of both awing and terrifying, a might of both great beauty and great destruction. Often these two sides occur simultaneously; as lightning flashes it is possible to both appreciate its splendor and fear its power. Many authors from the Romantic era used vivid imagery to describe the natural world, allowing readers to understand nature’s contrasting elements. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley presents the coexistent dangerous and beautiful sides of nature to demonstrate her message that nature is sacred and should not be tampered with. Mary Shelley presents nature as a beautiful utopia, creating a mood of wonder as the monster learns about the world and humanity, to demonstrate nature’s perfection without the tampering of men. As the seasons change around the monster, he describes in his story how he is affected by nature: “‘Spring advanced rapidly; the weather became fine, and the skies cloudless. It surprised me that what before was desert and gloomy should now bloom with the most beautiful flowers and verdure. My senses were gratified and refreshed by a thousand scents of delight, and a thousand sights of beauty” (104). The monster goes further in this worshipful description of the nature around him as his home at the cottage transitions into summer: “‘In the meanwhile also the black ground was covered with herbage, and the green banks interspersed with innumerable flowers, sweet to the scent and the…

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