Essay on `` It Was A Dark And Stormy Night ``

1024 Words May 31st, 2016 5 Pages
“It was a dark and stormy night…” A classic. A cliche. This short phrase is a gothic precursor to many famous books as well as a got-to for starting a campfire ghost story. But why is this hook so effective? Well, the author 's job in an introduction is to establish the setting, introduce main characters, and, most importantly, set the tone of the story. Using words like ‘dark’ and ‘stormy’ adds a tone of horror that would be seen in a gothic novel. These adjectives give a greatly different feel than words such as ‘mild’, ‘sunny’, and ‘glorious’. The latter words would more commonly be utilized in the introduction of a Romantic novel. As a mostly Gothic writer, Shelley takes Victor’s connection to nature to its extreme. The author uses both Romantic and Gothic settings to develop the themes of the story and also as allude to Victor Frankenstein’s mental state.
A storybook picture of spring conjures up images of birds chirping, flowers budding, and green grass growing. Spring means animals giving birth to their young and a cycle of new life beginning. Between spring cleaning and new plants growing, spring is a classic symbol of a fresh start. In Frankenstein, Victor shows his Romantic side through his strong connection with nature and its beauty. After Walton meets Victor and learns of his suffering, it is obvious to Walton that “Even broken in spirit as he is, no one can feel more deeply than [Victor] does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight…

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