This is similar to Romantic poets as they often wrote about the idealization of nature. Robert Walton experiences the isolation of the North Pole. “… stretched out in every direction, vast and irregular plains of ice, which seemed to have no end”. Shelley has used the isolation of Robert Walton in order for a bond to be created between Robert and Frankenstein. This in time would result in Frankenstein being able to converse and inform Walton about the Monster. Without the isolation of both Robert and Victor they wouldn’t be able to relate to one another.
Pathetic fallacy is often used in order to create the setting. “Suddenly a heavy storm of rain descended. ” Just after the wedding between Elizabeth and Frankenstein when they are on the boat, Frankenstein becomes anxious and worried about the safety of Elizabeth, this is indicated by the weather. Suspense and mystery are often used in gothic literature. Mary generates a tension, suspense and anxiety before the monster comes. ‘… he worked for nearly two years… For this I had deprived myself of rest and health.
‘ She is trying to show us how important and key event that is going to occur and how much it meant to Victor. She does this in order to bring a greater shock to the reader when she describes us of what a great disaster he has created. ‘… one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs. ‘ Here she gives us a deeper understanding of the scary atmosphere by saying how the monster was trying to kill his creator and just how awful, ruthless and hideous this monster really was.
The Monster also declares a threat to Frankenstein after he destroys the female Monster that the Monster had asked him to create. “It is well. I go; but remember, I shall be with you on your wedding-night. ” This threat is applied to generate a build up of suspense. This threat is also echoed in Frankenstein’s mind in anticipation of his actual wedding night. Maybe Mary Shelley is exploring her own history in ‘Frankenstein’ by using the style of her father’s novels and her mother’s ideas.
From my personal view Mary Shelley doesn’t only explore in Frankenstein an academic view, but the book explores a personal and emotional point of view. In other words, she is exploring the origins and nature of life itself in a radical sense. The gothic style provides her with a wonderful atmosphere in which to explore how the future can be thought about in the terms of the past. I also think that this novel written in 1818 can not discount the fact that it was written three years after Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.
What was put aside was the spectre of Napoleon’s desire to control the world as known then, we see the confrontation of the medieval megalomania being triumphed over. Perhaps, Shelley is using the gothic style in order to look to the future. Shelley makes use of rhetoric in order to persuade the reader. She does this by getting Robert Walton’s isolation at the beginning, meeting the intermediate isolation of Frankenstein and the future isolation of the monster by allowing them to encounter each other in the gothic mode, hauntingly.
Frankenstein the novel, illustrates the gothic by placing it in the context of a ‘gothic castle’ where Frankenstein does his experiments. It looks back to the middle ages where the wild, the mystery, the horror, are used to chill the spine and curdle the blood. Mary Shelley uses a gothic style to explore the romanticism of the period by trying to explain life itself and how scary a question that is. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.