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FRANKENSTEIN PRESENTATION The novel as Gothic Literature
Transcript of FRANKENSTEIN PRESENTATION The novel as Gothic Literature
What is Gothic Literature?
Gothic Literature is a sub genre of the romantic movement that focuses on the darker side of the imagination.
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Why Is Frankenstein Considered a Gothic Novel?
A classic and easily identified characteristic of a gothic novel is an atmosphere of suspense and the fear of the unknown. A dark and brooding mood permeates throughout Frankenstein, often taking the form of bizarre weather.
In a gothic novel, the characters are often highly emotional. They may be overcome by dread, horror, sorrow or rage. In Frankenstein, this characteristic as a strong presence. Victor seems to almost always be overcome with grief and is so distraught he often becomes ill.
Finally, the most famous characteristic of a gothic novel is a supernatural or unexplainable event. In this way Frankenstein is a perfect example. Sometimes these bizarre events have scientific explanations, like in Frankenstein, but not always. Frankenstein's creation, made out of dead parts and brought to life through arcane means, is very much supernatural.
How does Frankenstein reflect the romantic era?
Everything about Frankenstein is reflectant of the romantic era. Romanticism was a movement which deviated from the classical writing, which emphasized realism and real issues. Romanticists believe in the focus of, for instance, emotions such as love, horror, sorrow, etc... logical/rational versus emotional/irrational, the latter would best reflect the romantic era.
"Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world." -Victor, Ch. 4
"You are my creator, but I am your master—obey!" -The Monster, Ch. 20
The Creature: "If you deny me my wedding night... I shall be with you on yours!"