Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein ' Essay

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The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley fulfills many elements of being both a gothic and romantic text. Romanticism is the idea that the power of one’s spirit, soul, instinct and emotion are more important and powerful than the science and limits of human nature. Victor Frankenstein himself is a highly romantic character and dreams of breaking the boundaries of rationality and using his knowledge to go beyond them. This novel is passionate and evokes the imagination, but it also focuses mainly on the mysterious and supernatural, which are components of a gothic text. One element of Romanticism is the belief that the mind is powerful enough to create a new and more perfect version of the world and those who inhabit it. Victor 's thirst for knowledge and infatuation with the works of science, the way he strives to play a god-like role, and his idea of this perfect creation is the perfect example of Romanticism. He hoped to create a new being and to form a bond with it, he felt he was doing the right thing he explains, "A new species would bless me as it 's creator...renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption." (Shelley 38). Shelley uses Victor 's romantic quest to bestow life upon an otherwise lifeless object and causes us to question our views on Victor 's use of the dead for scientific and supernatural experimentation. But Victor, caught up in his madness, creates a horrible monster. Shelley uses this as a reflection of the imperfectness of human…

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