Characterism And Criticism In Mary Shelley's Gothic Literature

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In the eighteenth century, “Gothic” meant anything that was unusual, disrespecting of tradition, or nonconforming. Gothic writing revolved around wicked, amazing, and sometimes destructive people, objects, or events. Much of Gothic literature was a result of disturbances in the eighteenth century. Mayhem erupted due to major changes in politics, economics, and social norms. Subsequently, Gothic literature valued the past with its ideas of aristocratic strength, passion, barbarity, and magic. The term “Gothic” was originally used to describe architecture, however, Horace Walpole used “Gothic” as a way to describe his story. The story outlined a new kind of fiction that involved superstition and apparitions. The Castle of Otranto was the first …show more content…
His monster gets out of his control and goes on a killing rampage. The monster is shunned by his creator and all people. The story was very interesting yet unsettling. Themes included emotional relationships, parent-offspring relationships, scientific questions, power, and justice (Aldiss, 1996). Frankenstein contains many appalling scenes and images. There were many deaths in the story not to mention that Frankenstein 's creation was made using pieces of different corpses. In Mary Shelley’s mind, however, it was really a story about parent offspring relationships. Doctor Frankenstein creates his monster, but it is truly Doctor Frankenstein 's own behavior that causes the monster to turn evil. Shelley made it evident that Frankenstein was the "father" of his creation making point as to how parents should treat their children. Frankenstein 's condemnation of his creation caused his “offspring” to become a vicious killer. In addition to relationships, Shelley may have also been condemning slavery in her writing. Although slavery was technically illegal during the time of Frankenstein, many slaves were still in circulation during the 1840s and Shelley understood that society still revolved around slavery. Her monster as had features described to look like that of a West Indian slave or an African slave. Shelley was a known activist boycotting sugar to show her …show more content…
She wrote two plays called Proserpine and Midas. These plays were dramas that she wrote while in Italy with her husband. The plays were considered blank-verse mythological dramas but showed her interest in politics and gender rights. In addition to plays, Shelley wrote poetry about her grief after her husband 's death. Her poem The Choice was a reflection on her life with her husband and her many life long grievances. Other poems published were called The Keepsake, Poetical Works, and Stanza (Smith, 1996). In addition to Frankenstein, Shelley wrote another science fiction novel called The Last Man. The Last Man was similar to Shelley 's poetry in that she found inspiration from her husband and his death. The story was almost entirely about death, but also included themes such as love and power. As Patricia Cove states, "The Last Man, then, expresses pain in potentially conflicting ways: as terror, which heightens sensation, elevates the imagination and creates sympathetic community, and as horror, which freezes the body and isolates the individual while revealing the body’s transgressive permeability and vulnerability to infection and mortality” (Cove, 2013). Other novels Shelley wrote were called Lodore and Falkner. Those stories were categorized as domestic-sentimental fiction. She also wrote short stories categorized as domestic-sentimental fiction. These writings included stories such as "The Bride

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