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Significance of Weather in Mary Shelley's Frankenstien

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Khaleb Tota

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Significance of Weather in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Khaleb Tota
Introduction
Weather has a very prominent role in the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses weather to foreshadow many things which are to come in the book. Weather is also shown to have a great effect on the characters feelings and actions.

The first thing I will talk about is the Significance of weather on Victor Frankenstein.
Significance of Weather on Victor Frankenstein
“I remained, while the storm lasted, watching its progress with curiosity and delight.” Pg.38
“The storm appeared to approach rapidly;” and “it advanced: the heavens were clouded, and I soon felt the rain coming down slowly in large drops, but its
violence
quickly increased.” Pg.83
Weather During and after the Creation of the Monster
“the rain
pattered

dismally
against the panes,” Pg. 59
Victor says the next “Morning, dismal and wet” and he was “
impelled
to hurry on, although drenched by the rain which poured from a
black
and comfortless sky.” Pg. 61
Effect of Weather on the Creature
“I found it was called when the heavens poured forth its waters. This frequently took place; but a high wind quickly dried the earth, and the season became far more pleasant than it had been.” Pg. 136
Conclusion
Throughout the book Shelley uses weather to set the scene and to foreshadow events to come. The weather is also used to dramatize the theme of calm versus turbulent; this is done by good, tranquil weather reflecting a calm mood, whereas turbulent weather reflects madness. The warm weather in the book seems to life characters feelings, while the cold raging winds, such as when Victor is in the Arctic seem to conjure up feeling of depression and sadness. However Victor sees the Alpsp as a place of self-reflection and spiritual awakening. The weather is also used to correlate to how a character feels at certain points in the novel.
Reference:
http://www.slideshare.net/munpreet/colour-connotations-12023909
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/violence
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/impelled?s=t
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dismal?s=t
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gloom
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pattered?s=t
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