Frankenstein gothic elements

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Frankenstein Literary Essay
What would you do if you were in a position to act as god? That is what the gothic book Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein focuses on. Frankenstein incorporates many aspects of a classic gothic novel such as themes that play out throughout the book. The characters in the novel have become archetypes for many gothic novels. The setting reflects the chilling themes as it is the background for the characters plummet into despair. Frankenstein is an excellent example of a gothic novel due to its amazing and subtle gothic undertones and that it has become a classic example of gothic literature.

Frankenstein incorporates the main themes necessary in creating a great gothic novel. “I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me.” (Shelly, 133) This quote embodies the pain, the obsession, and the isolation that the monster feels throughout out the novel. In gothic novels the main theme that is played out is pain and the quote summarizes the pain the monster felt when he was ran out of a village and when he confronted the Delacy’s. This quote also represents one of the romantic themes in the novel that all the monster wants is to be loved. An example of a gothic novel with a theme similar to Frankenstein is Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. “He often endures the insults and accusations of the people of Paris. As a result he feels sad, isolated and,

lonely.”( The themes played out in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame are isolation, pain, obsession and romantic themes. Quasimodo is considered a demon and resented by the people of Paris. He also becomes obsessed with a gypsy named Esmeralda, while the monster became obsessed with the idea of love. Both novels emphasize these themes. The theme of revenge is also heavily incorporated into a good gothic novel. “The nearer I approached to...