Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein : An Understanding Of Its Classification As A Romantic Work

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein attempts to classify itself as a romantic work. Often times critics and scholars point out the reasons on why it may and may not be piece of the Romantic movement. It is unparalleled to compare the classic novel to Keats “Ode to a Nightingale” as they are two very different reflections of the movement, though written within a short year of each other. In a detailed reflection thorough the works of two notable critics we will investigate the exact classification of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the relation of the monster’s narrative as an understanding of its classification as a romantic work. Critic, Milton Millhauser, takes a literary approach to this problem, while Charles Schug reviews the effect of the frame narrative and its effect on the reader and its development on the Romanticism movement, ultimately I agree more with the analysis that Schug provides as he reflects on the core tenements of the romanticism movement that falls consistent with all works during that period. Millhauser failed to conclude definitively why exactly Mary Shelley’s work is inconsistent to the movement.
Milton Millhauser’s literary critique on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein comments on the idea that monster’s character is larger than a horror device within a horror genre. Millhauser argues that though the monster is grotesque, large, and manages to scare all that encounter it, he is not to be viewed exclusively as a monster. Millhauser compares the monster to the…

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