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What are the elements of the gothic novel, Frankenstein?

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Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:25 AM via web

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What are the elements of the gothic novel, Frankenstein?

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Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:41 AM (Answer #1)

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There are many different elements of the Gothic novel seen in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

First, the setting of the Gothic novel is always important. The setting is meant to evoke both horror and fear in the reader. For Frankenstein, the novel does both. The setting, while it changes many times, evokes fear in the fact that parts of it take place in the frozen seas and wildernesses. The unknown of what is to come for both Victor and the monster, in regards to the setting, typically evokes fear for the engaged reader. The second element of the novel's setting which evokes fear is Victor's gathering of body parts and the labs he works in. Both settings are morbid and frightening.

Victor, the Gothic hero (to some), isolates himself from the rest of society. The monster (the other Gothic hero) has fallen from grace (Victor's love) and is forced to become the epitome of the Gothic "Wanderer."

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