Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is written in a complex and often challenging style. Shelley uses elevated, emotional language and creates an embedded narrative told through multiple perspectives. Let's look at each of these elements.
Shelley's style is elevated. She uses formal language with intricate syntax and high-level vocabulary. Consider the following passage:
The weight upon my spirit was sensibly lightened as I plunged yet deeper in the ravine of Arve. The immense mountains and precipices that overhung me on every side, the sound of the river raging among the rocks, and the dashing of the waterfalls around spoke of a power mighty as Omnipotence.
Notice the formality of these sentences and the complexity of the word order. The description is both vivid and elaborate, and the author inserts words like precipices and omnipotence to heighten the effect further.
Shelley's style is also highly emotional throughout the novel. This is a tale from the Romantic period, which intensified emotion. The
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