Essay on Gothic Elements Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein
English IV Honors
8 December 2016
Gothic Elements in Frankenstein
Since its arrival in mainstream literature in the late 18th century, the genre of gothic literature maintains its place as one of the most captivating and intriguing writing styles. Attributing to this popularity is the dark approach to romantic era works, resulting in novels full of death, mystery, and suspense ("The Gothic: Overview"). One of the earliest and most influential examples of gothic literature is Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein. This novel remains one of the most popular and stolen-from classics in this genre because of Mary’s excellent plot and execution ("The Gothic: Overview"). In Frankenstein, Shelley creates the perfect piece of gothic literature by implementing the use of death, supernatural elements, and ominous settings to create suspense and heightened drama.
Because it is typically one of the first things you read in a novel, a story’s setting holds great importance to the tone that the rest of the book (or chapter) will carry. In the first letter to Mrs. Saville, which provides context for the novel, Robert Walton explains that his voyage takes him towards the bitter-cold and desolate North Pole. While the details given provide a clear image of the environment that Walton was currently facing, they also foreshadow the dark and dreadful events that lay ahead. The next example of an ominous setting from Frankenstein comes from the beginning of chapter five…