frankenstein - romanticism Essay

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Frankenstein: A Model of English Romanticism The literary world embraced English romanticism when it began to emerge and was so taken by its elements that it is still a beloved experience for the reader of today. Romanticism “has crossed all social boundaries,” and it was during the seventeenth and eighteenth century, it found its way into almost every niche in the literary world (Lowy 76). From the beginning of its actuality, “romanticism has forged its way through many eras including the civil war” (Hall 44). Literature such as “the famous Gone With The Wind was a good example of romanticism in that era because it had many of the required qualities” but there were others that were even more clear as English Romanticism pieces (Hall 44). …show more content…
One could ask, how a book about a monster could have anything to do with the real life of the author, but if we peel the top layer away and look closely at the undercurrent that is throughout the monster’s story it becomes clear that “Victor Frankensteins creation is symbolic of Mary Shelley’s life” (Caprio). Shelley’s mother left her at an early age by dying. She had been Shelley’s creator in much the same manner that Dr. Frankenstein had been the monster’s creator. When the creator of the monster turned his back on him and deserted him he was forced out into the world, much as a small child in that he had limited exposure to anything outside the former security of his home. Shelley too, “was thrust into the world, when her mother died; the difference is that she was an actual child while the monster was a mental and emotional child” (Hamberg). This uses two of the needed ingredients for romanticism, autobiographical ideas and imagery. The book may also be a representation of a fear of childbirth felt by the author. This would not be surprising given that her own mother died giving birth to Shelley. It would explain the monster’s creation and in fact the very reason he is a monster at all. Shelley may have viewed herself as a monster who was so hideous that she killed her own mother being born. This would fit right in with the autobiographical themes that were so

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