How is Frankenstein a Romantic Novel?
This question capitalizes the R in Romantic, which means that you are aware that a difference exists between romanticism and Romanticism. Romanticism with a capital R has little to do with love and passion between two individuals, which typically characterizes romantic stories described with a lower case r; rather, Romantic literature is that written by a writer of the Romantic movement, and in the case of Frankenstein, that writer is Mary Shelley.
Romanticism was a European intellectual movement that started towards the end of the 18th century, and it became an official presence in England when William Wordsworth published his Lyrical Ballads in 1798. Mary Shelley, the writer of Frankenstein, was a member of the Romantic movement in England, as were her husband Percy Shelley and their friend Lord Byron. The three of them were together, along with John Polidori, Byron's physician, in Geneva, Switzerland, during the summer of 1816. Terrible weather during the summer confined the young Romantics...
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