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In the book Frankenstein how does it connect to be a Romantic novel? When I say romantic I don't mean "love" romantic but the romantic revolution.

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To add to these sentiments you may wish to focus on the basis of the Promethean hero as well. The late British Romantics invoked Prometheus as a hero and muse for society unlike the early Romantics who looked to Satan of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Prometheus, credited for creating the race of humans, was more relatable due to his humanistic and suffering qualities. This example is predominately seen in Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound and was commonly used in Keats, Byron, and Shelley’s (Both Mary and Percy) works. Furthermore, Byron’s, the Byronic hero “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” is also another avenue that you could travel down.

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Frankenstein is Romantic in many ways. In no particular order, they are as follows:

Victor's turn to older sources than modern science for the seeds of his discovery.

The emphasis on passion throughout the book.

The wild settings—the arctic, the mountains, the lakes—and the appreciation shown for them.

The creature teaching itself to read echoes Romantic ideals of childhood. Likewise, the poor family with blind man embody the pure and good peasants praised by Romantic writers.

Finally, some of the books the creature finds are Romantic classics.

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Frankenstein is romantic because it shows a love of nature and the natural world The fact that Victor was born into a high family is also romantic. The focus on animals and the  natural order of things. The beauty of the world and the emphasis on strong emotions and family.