Frankenstein Essay First Draft

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Within the book Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, there are many moments of tragedy and loss, as well as certain moments where joy and love are present. A number of these scenes contain a connection to nature. Since the Romantics viewed Nature as a source of emotional experience and spiritual renewal. However Mary Shelley was not solely a Romantic, she also took literary cues from the Gothic tradition as well. This second impetus also stressed the importance of nature, especially the darker aspects of it. Particularly the rageful and turbulent characteristics of nature, this manner of guiding the emotions using nature is very obvious and abundant in Frankenstein.
From the beginning of the book the readers emotions are manipulated by the descriptions of the deadly and cold landscape surrounding the ship that Frankenstein is saved by. Ice falls and cold sea pours in. This freezing landscape's purpose is to cause the reader to sense the disappearance of hope and pouring in of the cold and chilling lack of emotion brought on by depression. The captain is depressed because he believes that he will never be able to make the passage through the arctic as he has planned. He fears all his work will be for naught and his depression is reflected, by Mary Shelley, in the actions of the world around him.
The most basic use of Nature is when it is used to elevate the spirits of the characters and therefore cause the same joy in the hearts of the readers. This is caused by the use of bright and sunny scenes. “My spirits were elevated by the enchanting appearance of nature...” (Shelley, 96) Here the Monster is speaking of his first experiences with spring. When he first observes the rebirth of the world that occurs during this blessed time he experiences the same revival, where the past is forgotten and the calm and beautiful present takes over...

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