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Based on the conventions of the Gothic horror tale, how can Frankenstein be considered a gothic tale?

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There are plenty of aspects that make up Gothic horror tales, and a large number of these can easily be found in this excellent novel, such as the presence of fear and terror, ambiguity concerning the identity of the creature, scientific discoveries going beyond the realm of acceptable knowledge and murder and violence. However, one Gothic ingredient of this excellent novel is the way in which setting is used. Gothic fiction is famous for the way in which it uses settings that are extremely remote and isolated. These settings make the characters themselves isolated and cut them off from fellow men, allowing the psychological nature of Gothic literature to be explored more...

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