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How is Frankenstein a Gothic novel? What elements of Gothic fiction does it contain? Provide quotes and page numbers.

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The settings in Frankenstein can be considered Gothic because they are wild and immense and often create a sense of imprisonment. The story opens and closes in the North Pole—a wild, untamed landscape of ice, where Walton's ship becomes trapped. Later in the story, Frankenstein and his creation encounter one another in the wild mountains, which, as highlighted by the quotation below, provide a suitably dramatic backdrop for their meeting.

The immense mountains and precipices . . . overhung me on every side, the sound of the river raging among the rocks, and the dashing of the waterfalls around. (97)

A second element of Gothic fiction present in Frankenstein is the theme of madness. Victor Frankenstein becomes so obsessed with his creature, and then so ridden with guilt for the destruction that his creation has caused, that he understandably descends into madness, or something like it. When we, the readers, first meet Frankenstein, he is described by Walton as having "an expression of wildness,...

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