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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is, in many ways, a typically Gothic novel. Like the novels of Mary Radcliffe and other Gothic writers of the period, it presents an exotic locale, quasi-supernatural happenings, and grotesque horrors as seen through the lens of a rational protagonist trying to make sense out of what is happening. The wild landscape and distance from ordinary life contribute to the heightened atmosphere of the story, as the remote and perilous settings make the ominous effects more vivid. Rational scientific terminology and logic precision are juxtaposed with an atmosphere of horror to further enhance emotional effects (just as baroque painters would create dramatic highlights by placing them against deep shadows).
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