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Defining Nature In Frankenstein

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veronica dietrich

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Transcript of Defining Nature In Frankenstein

Nature is a metaphor for foreshadowing upcoming events
Before big events happen, the weather plays a role in setting the mood and mimicking emotions.
The definition operating here is definition by analogy because this metaphor is used on multiple occasions and it is a large part of the storyline.
Defining the Romantic Aspect of Nature In Frankenstein
By: Veronica Dietrich
Nature is a symbol for therapy

Victor shuns humanity and seeks nature for health, strength and relaxation
Mary Shelly uses nature to describe his childhood
"I feel pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind, and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self . . . I find it arise, like a mountain river, from ignoble and almost forgotten sources; but swelling as it proceeded, it became the torrent which, in its course, has swept away all my hopes and joys" (Shelley, 21)
First time nature is used in novel
Association of nature and human feeling
This quotation shows how Mary Shelley uses nature as a symbol. She decided to compare it to a "romantic" image of a swelling mountain stream to emphasize how much nature meant to Victor
Mary Shelly uses nature after the death of William, his brother
William was murdered by the monster
"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. The road ran by the side of the lake, which became narrower as I approached my native town. I discovered more distinctly the black sides of Jura, and the bright summit of Mont Blanc. I wept like a child: "Dear mountains! My own beautiful lake! How do you welcome your wanderer? Your summits are clear; the sky and lake are blue and placid. Is this to prognosticate peace or to mock at my unhappiness?" (Shelley, 47)
Victor is deeply affected and falls into a deep despair
nature heals Victor in Geneva
in this part of the novel his thoughts about mountains are more passionate than any other exclamations in the story, more than even friends or family showing his close tie to nature
Symbolism defines nature in the novel because nature healed Victor multiple times and was a symbol of therapy and rejuvenation.
On a few occasions there has been rain or a storm right before Victor sees Frankenstein
An example of this is when Victor came home after william's murder, he was locked outside of the gates all night
There was a storm
With a streak of lightning he saw the monster
Thats when he realized the monster was the killer
"A flash of lightning illuminated the object and discovered its shape plainly to me; its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy demon to whom I had given life." (Shelly. 173)
The streak of lightning acted as a foreshadow of the realization, while the storm foreshadowed the sight of frankenstein
Nature can show the true emotions of the characters. Weather can be seen playing a direct correlation with feelings
A comparative definition is used to show positive and negative emotions, and what type of weather correlates with each emotion to show a better understanding.
On Victors wedding night there was a rain storm (Shelly,143)
The rain corresponds with the sad feelings that Victor is having about the monster coming to the wedding
He is worried about how Elizabeth will react
Because Victor is having a negative emotion, the weather is also negative.
The rain sets the tone of emotion
On numerous occasions when Victor is feeling ill he heals with the sight of nature.
For example, when Victor goes to Geneva, he was in a “painful state of mind” (Shelly, 67), but as he gets to Mont Blanc he finds himself rejuvenated by the beauty of the landscape. The “calm and heavenly scene restored him” and gave him “days of comparative happiness” (Shelly, 68)
As Victor starts to feel better the weather is sunny and warm
This weather is positive because Victors emotions are more positive.
Pathetic fallacy is used the night of williams murder (2.8.9, Shelly) there was a storm
The storm is a negative weather pattern that is associated with a murder- a negative event
The storm is a metaphor of the awful events that are to come
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