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Nature in Frankenstein

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Rosa Cordero

on 22 October 2014

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Nature plays a major role in the novel Frankenstein. Not only does it seem to restore and affect the characters' moods, but it can also act with vengeance when it is mistreated.The association of nature and human feeling shows how Shelley prefers to use metaphor of a natural setting rather than other descriptions.
Literary Criticism
"We passed a fortnight in these perambulations: my health and spirits had long been restored, and they gained additional strength from the salubrious air I breathed, the natural incidents of our progress . . ." (p. 43)

"(...) I had selected his features as beautiful.(...) His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight lips.. (p 30)"
Should the secrets of nature be penetrated by science?
Revelance to Society Today
Author's message
If you will preserve Nature, Nature will preserve you. Nature acted as a restorative agent for Victor's health and his spirits. When he was sick, he wasn't truly healed until he breathed the air and whenever he felt sad or disturbed he would rather go outside then talk to his family or friends. Nature, however, did punish him when he tried to defy its rules. When Victor tried to create life in his own terms nature gave him a monster. On top of making an ugly creature he neglected it, so nature further punished him by having the creature turn into his downfall as well as the downfall of all the people he loved. Shelley probably chose this theme due to the loss of her baby. No matter how hard she wanted to bring it back she couldn't because that's how nature works and it shouldn't be tampered with.
Nature in Frankenstein
By: Benny Taubenfeld and Rosa Cordero
"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."(p47)
Collings, David. “The Monster and the Maternal Thing: Mary Shelley’s Critique of Ideology.”
Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism: Frankenstein. Ed. Johanna Smith. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2000. 280-295
The author of
Natural Sin: Observing Nature’s Wrath in Frankenstein
explains the idea that if you preserve nature, nature will preserve you by saying "In a sense, Victor takes the power he has acquired through knowledge and attempted to reproduce
it to the point where it treads on the laws of nature. Not only is Victor’s creation unnecessary, the
implications for society are obvious and dangerous. Victor has disobeyed nature’s powers, but even worse, he has put a strain on his
society by forcing it to deal with the 'unnatural creation.'(...) 'Supreme morality makes it its principle of living to renounce one's self and obey the law of nature or God' (Matsuura 370). Victor does neither and is therefore castigated by nature"
Nature also restores the monster. When it is rejected he retreats to nature for protection. He hides in the cave and observes the beauty of the world. Later on when it finally knows that he can not be among people because of how ugly and misunderstood he is, he uses nature to isolate himself by going to the far ends of the earth. The ice and frozen area reflect the isolation of the monster emotionally and physically.
Can you say an example of today where it is said that nature is acting up due to human abuse?
What is it about humans that attracts us to nature?
What causes the abuse of nature?
Hardison, Karen. "When and how does nature play its role in
by Mary Shelley" eNotes. Joshknr, 2009. Web. 2014
Daniel, Debbie.
Nature As Victor Frankenstein's Physician,
New York: Pearson, January 12, 2002. Book.
Though nature seems to be loosing its relevance in today's society because of technology, it's still a factor that we can't completely ignore because it affects our daily lives. Though we might prefer to play with our computers, we can't deny that we need oxygen. Also not taking care of our planet and preserving nature has caused global warming, an excess of CO2, and a lack of nonrenewable resources that are needed for daily life.
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