In Frankenstein, how is the setting of the story significant to the plot? How does the setting help further the story?

Expert Answers info

Lynnette Wofford eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write6,935 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Business

One of the major themes in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is the relationship between nature and nurture. Victor Frankenstein is almost prototypically urbane and sophisticated, a typical man of the Enlightenment, well traveled and a product of upper class European city culture. Although his monster is a creation of this culture, it is also a tabula rasa (blank slate), an emblem of humanity in the state of nature. As such, the monster shows how humanity is influenced by three different types of settings.

The first setting is "civilized" Ingolstadt, a...

(The entire section contains 276 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial