Frankenstein has many elements of a horror story. What strategies and devices does Shelley use to make the story scary?

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While this might not necessarily be true of Shelley's own time, her novel now can strike us as horrifying because its events seem so . . . well . . . possible. Stories that are completely far-fetched and well outside the realm of human possibility seem somewhat less scary because we know that such a thing could never be. However, Victor's creation of a superhuman, essentially, via scientific means seems not altogether impossible: in an age of "test tube babies" and cloning sheep, why would such a thing not be possible? Further, the idea that we could create something stronger and faster and even smarter than ourselves is frightening because there is no reason to think that we could control it any more than Victor could control his creation.

I think part of Shelley's attempt to create some sense of realism , even in her own time, lies in the vagueness with which she treats Victor's experiment. Victor describes amputating parts from the recently dead in charnel houses, and he implies that he...

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