Essay On Symbolism In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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A child’s first baseball game can not be described in a matter of a few words. The first smell of hotdogs in the open air and the dream of catching a baseball in their gloves. The giant white lights can be described as heavenly and pleasing to the eye. The first sight of the baseball coming towards them with an unintended slow motion. Raising their arms in the air as if they were to shake hands with the big guy upstairs. Catching that angel and boastfully embracing it in their hand. That is the feeling of a child’s first baseball game through the eyes of an adult. There is symbolism in the eyes of an adult and everything they do. In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, there are major symbols such as the lightning, nature, and the scientific…show more content…
Though there is the dark side of nature, the rain, it has already been discussed. The monster reflects on the strength of nature saying, “I felt sensations of a peculiar and overpowering nature; they were a mixture of pain and pleasure.” Nature’s “good side” is acting as the mother of all and carries out divine actions. Every time Victor is embracing the beauty of a mountain or lake, his anxiety is relieved. Victor points out that, “The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.” Shelley uses Victor to associate nature as a caring mother. The monster receives Nature’s aid when he is first out on his own, as objects sheltered him and streams provided him with drink. This connection on a deeper level ties into the battle between ‘good and evil’; with science as the enemy to Nature, since Nature is divine and more powerful than a mortal. Victor goes against nature by playing God. He admits it when he says, “It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage, but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.” This blindness towards Nature’s divine will foreshadows the chaos that were caused from his

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