Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a romantic hero in several fairly typical ways. First, unlike the heroes of epic or oral tradition, he is a private individual rather than a king and a modern scientist rather than a warrior. His actions are not part of the fabric of his society, but rather he is a loner, engaged in private experiments, outside even the scientific community of his period. He is distinguished not by being a leader or a part of a grand endeavor, but by being an individual creator who flouts social norms and moves outside the beaten path. He is not traditionally religious, and is willing to press his inquiries into forbidden territory. Much of the novel exists against the backdrop of untamed nature, a setting typical of Romanticism.