Romanticism In Frankenstein

Please reflect on the elements of Romanticism within Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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Two other elements of Romanticism exhibited in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein contribute greatly to the psyche of the main character, Victor Frankenstein

  • Male friendship

Perceived as the greatest of loves, the friendship between two men was exalted by Romantics for its purity of spirit and trustworthiness. Concerned about Victor after the death of his brother William, Henry hurries to Victor to comfort him. Afterwards, Victor remarks,

Excellent friend! how sincerely did you love me, and endeavour to elevate my mind until it was on a level with your own! A selfish pursuit had cramped and narrowed me, until your gentleness and affection warmed and opened my senses.  

  • The sense of the sublime

The romantic poet William Wordsworth defined the sublime as the "mind [trying] to grasp at something which it approaches but which it is incapable of attaining." This feeling arises from the contemplation of awe-inspiring phenomena of nature that become symbolic of inner spiritual realities.

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