Sublime Nature In Frankenstein

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Sublime Nature in Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses nature several ways in this novel: as an omnipotent force of foreshadowing, the natural surroundings of this novel are shown to have therapeutic powers, do not harm nature for your own advantage, and as a restorative agent for Victor. In my opinion, Mary is trying to tell us that nature should not be altered. Shelley’s link between nature and the influential feelings of man is very evident throughout this book. Nature offers Victor and the monster the marvel of spiritual renewal. She purposely lay the elevated vision of Mother Nature with the frightening phenomenon of an artificial monster and his alarming exploits. The perception of nature supporting rejuvenation and satisfaction is demonstrated when Victor expresses, “These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving.” The most obvious use of nature to heal Victor’s sanity is subsequential to death of William, his youngest sibling, and Justine, the household servant. His brothers passing gravely affected Victor and it causes himself to fall into heavy anguish. He cannot heal even when his childhood friend Henry tries to alleviate Victor’s despair. While he travels to his family in Geneva, he finds a source of tranquility in nature to keep him sane. The scenery soothes him, in which he states in this quote: “I remained two days at Lausanne, in this painful state of mind. I contemplated the lake: the waters were placid; all around was calm, and the snowy mountains, ‘the palaces of nature,’ were not changed. By degrees the calm and heavenly scene restored me, and I continued my journey towards Geneva.” Although in many instances Dr. Frankenstein’s feelings were enhanced by nature, he was not the only one who sought a general exhilaration of spirits through one’s surroundings. The monster’s declaration of
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