Romanticism in "Frankenstein"

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Romanticism in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Frankenstein is the Romantic story of a man who creates a monster. The story is not considered to be a modern day romance, but it includes all the characteristics of what eighteenth century romance is. The imaginative story has the romantic hero, Victor Frankenstein, who sees nature and beauty throughout his life and awes at it, using nature as inspiration and a mental escape. Captain Watson is telling the hero’s story in a letter to his sister, relaying all the romanticism of Victor’s life. When thinking of romanticism, my first thought would be that of something having to do with the involvement of a man and a woman who are in, or attempting to begin a personal relationship. This thought is based on the modern day view of what romance is and the fact that society has taught me to believe that it must include two people being involved with some kind of sexual connotation. After researching romanticism, I now know that it is more than a word, it is an era that literature and all forms of art were going further into the realms of creativity and allowing imagination to lead the way for artistic forms. "Romantic" in English was used as an adjective of praise for natural phenomena such as views and sunsets, in a sense close to modern English usage but without the implied sexual element (Kravtsiv & Struk, 1993). In the late eighteenth and early to mid nineteenth century a once realist Europe fell into the romantic era, becoming whimsical and imaginative were things had once been structured and focused on reason. Mary Shelley was one of the artistic individuals who would dig into their imaginations and push literature, in Frankenstein, to a bound that went beyond the realms of reality, embodying many elements of romanticism. The romantic era looked at the true beauty of nature, and human emotion, allowing free

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