How Does Shelley Create Both Sympathy and Horror for the Creature in Her Novel ‘Frankenstein’? What Makes It Such a Popular Story for Our Time?

Topics: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Gothic fiction Pages: 4 (1268 words) Published: October 12, 2011
Frankenstein Essay

How does Shelley create both sympathy and horror for the creature in her novel ‘Frankenstein’? What makes it such a popular story for our time?

Mary Shelley was the founder of ‘gothic horror’ which is relevant today and is still found in art, fashion and media. Gothic horror contains alot of light and dark imagery and detail which is used to show character. The light and dark in Frankenstein can be expressed as darkness of what Frankenstein is doing and the good of what he thinks will come out. Frankenstein today is still used as an icon across the world and is associated with Halloween. Every year people dress up as Frankenstein. But do they know the true meaning of Frankenstein?

Shelley thought of Frankenstein on the dreary nights spent in Geneva with her very good friend Lord Byron and her husband Percy Shelley. Mary’s inspiration for Frankenstein came from a dream in which she had when the summer days in Geneva were cold and rainy. Lord Byron and Shelley made conversation about Galvanism which added to her idea. Galvanism is electricity produced by a chemical reaction and that is how Victor Frankenstein created the monster. Mary brought it to life in the story by explaining large chemical reactions which produced electricity which were then sent through the creature’s body. Galvanism is expressed alot in the story and is one of the main factors of the novel and her use of scientific detail helps to make a fantastical story convincing.

Frankenstein is a gothic horror novel. Gothic horror is relevant to modern society as alot of the new films are gothic horror such as twilight. Twilight the novel can be related to Frankenstein the novel as they are both focused on light and dark detail and both of the main characters aren’t really accepted in society. The creature isn’t accepted because people think he is a threat to them. “his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath, his hair was of a...
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