Evidence Of a Gothic Novel In Frankenstein

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Evidence of a gothic novel in Frankenstein Gloomy settings have been used for centuries by many authors to generate a Gothic novel. Bram Stoker used this method to write Dracula, the dreary tale of a dead demon who survives by drinking the blood of the living. Stoker uses gothic imagery to enhance the horror of his novel. Much similar to this, Mary Shelley uses the same tactic to create her own tale of a monster. In her novel Frankenstein, she creates her own gothic novel by the classical elements of a dark setting, the use of a villainous character, and the mysterious tone. Initially, Mary Shelley uses a dark setting to portray Frankenstein as a gothic novel. The dark setting pushes the plot and creates the essence of many of the scenes in this sinister story. Once Dr. Frankenstein decides to sneak into an uncanny cemetery and steals a body, the setting allows the exposure of his ominous fascination. He looks down at the lifeless body and his instruments "on a dreary night of November" and "the rain pattered dismally against the panes." (47). This dark setting in this scene serves as a window into the doctor's heart and exposes his intentions. The desolate setting displays the regrets and remorse the doctor feels after creating the hideous creature. It foreshadows the continuous dark tone of the story. This darkness is elevated by the horrific image Shelley presents. In the story, “it was completely dark when [Victor] arrived in the environs of Geneva… the thunder burst with a terrific crash over [his] head,” and during a lightning flash, Victor sees his monster (62). While the monster shares his detailed life to Victor, he uses dark words, also inspiring the dim setting. He talks about the changes from light to darkness, and he says “the moon had disappeared from the night” (88). These analogies perfectly suit his inability to fit into
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