Darkness Reflecting Nature : Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein Essay

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Darkness Reflecting Nature Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is arguably one of the greatest novels ever written. It is her most notable work and is widely considered to be her magnum opus. Shelley, a Romantic novelist, often uses nature to describe the various settings of the story as is a recurring theme in works of that time period. A common pattern appears throughout; whenever the monster commits an evil act, it is always night and either rainy or an otherwise miserable night. Even the monster’s birth itself takes place during a night that is less than desirable for a moonlit stroll, “It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet.” (Shelley). Whether by coincidence or by intention, Shelley uses times of darkness to show the monster’s heart as evil. During the birth of his creation Victor Frankenstein states “ It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.” (Shelley). It is clear to see that Frankenstein’s actions are secretive, exhibited by the fact that he elects to work late into the night when people would likely be sleeping. It is…

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