Frankenstein and Gothic Novel

Topics: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Gothic fiction Pages: 2 (502 words) Published: October 4, 2010
Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, is narrated by three main characters who tell the story of the life of the Creature. Each narrator gives their own aspects as to what makes up Frankenstein as a Gothic novel. Together, the three men’s stories make up an outstanding Gothic novel. A Gothic novel uses supernatural events that are not infrequently explained at some point or another by science, forebodes terror through the use of physical, or even, psychological violence, and explores the nightmares of the reader’s mind.

The novel uses one man’s, Victor Frankenstein‘s, yearning to rid the world death as the basis as to why the Creature is even thought of in the first place. Victor Frankenstein’s love for the arts of science is unmatched by anyone else in the novel for “none but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science” (47). Therefore, Victor Frankenstein’s love of science is the reason such a being is even in the realms of a possibility. Victor uses rather morbid materials to build his creature, some namely being human bones, from the dissecting room and slaughter houses, and other instruments of life.

As the novel progresses, the Creature comes to life and not even its maker, Victor Frankenstein, can look into it’s horrifying eyes. Victor states how “God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours” (154). One could not blame Victor for feeling so negative towards his creation. The Creature looks like something out of a nightmare standing eight feet tall with pale yellowish skin, black hair, disproportionate limbs, and white teeth covered by black lips that gave him the appearance of death while actually in a body full of life.

Eventually the Creature becomes aware of it’s hideousness and realizes no human will ever want to associate themselves with a monster like him. As a result, the Creature asks of Victor that since “I am alone, and...
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