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Frankenstein The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley is an excellent example of the Romantic Movement. The movement took place in the period from the late 1700’s to the mid-1800; it emphasized passion rather than reason and imagination and intuition rather than logic. One of the key concepts most Romantic writers used was, nature is a source of inspiration. They believed that people who lived in an industrialized area were unhappy because the environment around them was not full of the beautiful gifts of nature. While people who lived in the countryside all their lives were full of happiness as a result of their surroundings.

This concept is beautifully brought out in Frankenstein. Having this concept in the novel makes the narrative more powerful, this is because the impact of the narrative is heightened when the environment of what is going on corresponds with the emotions of characters in it. It also makes it more powerful by making the reader feel more emotions over the reading. The following are a few examples of the ways Shelley expresses this concept in the novel. One way Shelley shows nature as an inspiration is through the geography of the settings.

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In the beginning of the novel when Victor lives in Geneva it is described, as isolated and dwarfed by massive snow capped mountain ranged and hunted be the emptiness of the lake. Later on in the novel and in the letters in the beginning Shelly puts the characters in the wildest, most isolated areas in Europe: The Swiss and French Alps, the Rhine Valley, the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Russia and the Arctic. When the reader reads about these various places they get a feeling of isolation and that of loneliness, exactly what Shelly wants them to be feeling. When Victor was 15 years-old nature inspired him as to what field of study to get into. His inspiration came when at his house in Geneva he witnessed ” a stream of fire issue from an old and beautiful oak which stood about twenty yards from our house; and so soon as the dazzling light vanished, the oak had disappeared, and nothing remained but a blasted stump” (Shelley 26).

From this event he moved away from his old field of study, natural philosophy, and moved to his new one natural phenomenon. He especially took to the field of, “mathematics and the branch of study appertaining to that science as being built upon strong foundations, and so worthy of my considerations” (Shelley 27). The night of the creation of Frankenstein’s monster “was on a dreary night of November” and as he worked on it “the rain pattered dismally against the panes,” (Shelly 42). He created him by candle light in an isolated part of an old house. This environment corresponds to the state of mind and heart of the creator at that time.

The dark surroundings in this chapter also emphasis the brain fever Victor gets after the creation of his monster. Later in the novel he gets cheered up when he takes a walk in the springtime. About the walk he says, “my own spirits were high and I bounded along with feelings of unbridled joy and hilarity” (Shelley 55). Then a little later he joins up with the monster on the summit of Mont Blanc when a storm is going on. The environment just like that in the creation of the monster, puts dread in the reader and also shows what is going on inside of Victor’s mind and heart.

Victor is so upset in the chapter 9 that he decides to go to the Alps to ease his soul. He believes the nature in the Alps will cause him to get in a joyful mood. Then in Chapter 10 he meets up with the monster again. This time, like the other time, the environment they met each other is one of a rainstorm, Victor says that, “the rain poured down from the dark sky and added to the melancholy impression I received from the objects around me” (Shelley 81). The setting was also full of jutting rocks, broken, and blastered trees.

This setting has the same affect as the last one they met each other in. In chapter 18 Victor is so depressed about having to create a woman for his monster that even the country side and mountains can not make him happy because he is, “haunted by a curse that shut up every avenue of enjoyment” (Shelley 140). At the end of the novel in chapter 23 Frankenstein’s monster kills Elizabeth during a windy and stormy night. This storm gets the reader ready for the event that followed, her death. The storm puts dread in the reader and also represents what Victor is feeling. This novel shows the concept of nature being an inspiration very well.

If it does not inspire the characters in the book it is inspiring the readers to feel the emotions that Shelly wants them to, nature has a powerful affect on people. When Shelley wants to inspire the readers she sometimes has the setting of the action correspond to how a character is feeling. Her ways of conveying this Romantic concept are excellent. Book Reports.


By Mary Shelley
236 pages
Geneva, England
Victor Frankenstein- A determined man who keeps everything to himself. He is strong, brave, and smart.

The creature- A kind soul that is misunderstood because he is so ugly. He killed people only because Victor wouldn’t make him a wife.

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In the first five chapters you learn about where Victor lives and about his hometown. His family and friends are also told about. He also gives life to the creature.

In chapters six through ten Victor returns home and finds out William was murdered. Victor sees the creature near his town and thinks it was him who killed William. A girl named Justine was also accused for Williams’s death and was found guilty in court. She was killed for the crime she didn’t do.

In the next five chapters you find out about the creatures life and how he learned to speak and read. He tells the story of his life to Victor.

In chapters sixteen through twenty the creature finishes the story of his life and asked Victor to make him a female so he could move to the rainforest with her in South America. Victor and a friend Clerval went to London and many other countries. Clerval later left Victor and Victor went to an island in Scotland to work on a female. One night Victor decided he was not going to create the female and tore her body parts apart. After that the creature walked in and said, ” I will be with you on your wedding day and then left.”
The next day night Victor left on a boat and threw the body pieces in the ocean. He got back to the Island and was accused of murder.

In the last chapters Victor saw the body of Clerval’s and became sick for many days. When he got home he married Elizabeth and she was killed the first night they were together. Soon after Elizabeth’s death Victor’s father died. Victor chased the creature till he himself died in Antarctica. After Victor died the creature disappeared forever.

I learned how hard it could be to be different and made fun of.

I can apply it in my life because everyone is different and people are often made fun of for being different.

I am like Victor because I am also very determined to succeed in life.

I wish I could be as brave as Victor was in the story.


Frankenstein Author is Mary Shelley Fiction 127 pages Copyright 1992 It was a dreary night in November. The yellow glow of a candle was lite in a small house. Inside sat a young man named Victor Frankenstein at his desk, staring hard at his notebook. Finally finished with his work having thinked he has discovered the secret of life. After he closed the notebook. He told himself there was only one way to prove his discovery is correct, it was by making a living creature live. Victor than put up his notebook, and went to the towns morgue.

There he slipped into the graveyard in the back of the morgue. Working all night and day to find the perfect body parts to make a human being. For months he done this until he was finally done collecting all the parts he needed for his experiment. One day someone knocked at his door and he went to go see whoit was, it was a letter for him father telling him how much he missed him. In the letter it also told him how much his best friend Clerval, and his fiance Elizabeth missed him too.

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Tears welled in Victor eyes as he finished the letter. Ten minutes later , Victor arrived at the university. He entered the medical school hall, it was quiet and empty. So he started to work by opening his bag and taking all the things he needed for his experiment to work with. Many months later, Victor approached the large wooden operating table finishing up the last parts.

The thing was a gigantic human. The thing on the table seemed to move, but it was only the moving of its shadow. Than when the time was right a explosive jolt of lightning came down into his room, and on the thing. Victor watched his creature eyes open. Shouting with great joy knowing that his creation lives.

Victor rushed to the desk, unhooked the tubes and wires connecting the creature to the bottle-filled desk. He than tore away the canvas and looked square into the fae of the giant he had made. Victor was scared of his creature that he ran out the room. Pacing himself all night wondering what went wrong with the experiment, his friend came to visit him. Even before a word came out from Victor he fell on the street, so his friend took him home to rest.

The creature still confuse not knowing what was going on started walking toward the forest. There he slept drank, ate, and slept for months until winter season was coming. One evening the giant spied a light through the dark forest. Hungry and cold, he walked toward a small little cottage. There was a little family living in there almost barely surviving. When the lights went out in the cottage the creature went around the corner of the house, and found a small hut to sleep for the night.

When morning came he saw alittle crack that gave him sight of the entire house. Each day there the giant added words and ideas to his life by listening to what the people were talking inside. Each day he would help the family by bringing them wood, and rabbits leaving it at the front door. Without the creature help the family would of probably died that winter. The giant wanted to make friends with the blind old man cause he couldn’t see his ugliness, to tell him he was the one who gathers wood and catches rabbits for them. So after the other member of the family left, the big giant went in to ask the old man to be his friend. The old man was happy there was someone new to talk too. But than his children came in and saw the giant they started beating him.

So he ran out the cottage, an into the wood. Now angry knowing that he will never be loved he wanted to get revenge on Victor Frankenstein. While the next day when the giant ran into a kid. He asked the kid if he wanted to be my friend. The kid just told the giant to go away or his dad Judge Frankenstein will come.

When he heard that he wanted to get revenge for what Victor done so he strangled the kid to death. When Victor heard this he went straight to the park in Geneva where his brother death was at, he saw the monster there knowing he done it. The monster told him if he didn’t make him a wife that he would make Victor suffer for what he has done. Still sad of what happen his dad, and fiance told him to go on a trip to Europe with Henry for awhile, he thought that would of been the perfect place to do what he had to do. Six months had passed.

The two friends were in London when a letter arrived for them saying for them to come visit there friend Hugh Lockwood in Scotland. But Henry didn’t go with Victor. Victor left immediately for Scotland, not going to his friends estate. He went to a small town on the coast at the northernmost end of the country. There he asked a fisherman for a boat to go out into the islands.

Victor rowed through the night. By morning the small boat was beached on the remote shore of a desolate island. Victor dragged and carried his chests to the hut, and kicked open its door. For months there he worked hard trying to make the wife for the monster, but than he thought it over and destroyed the thing. But he didn’t know the creature was watching him. When he saw what happen the giant took off running with rage. Next moring Victor packed up his stuff, and went back to Scotland.

While in the ocean he dropped over everything he had with him. When he got back a man told him to go see the magistrate, or judge of the town. Puzzled of what was going on he went to go see what happen. The judge told him that yesterday night Henry Clerval was strangled to death by a man who was rowing in a boat at night. So they put him in jail for three months, until his trial.

But before he was the trial, they found out that Victor wasn’t guilty. Cause people still saw him in his hut when the insodent happen. Victor now really depress cause both his brother, and best friend has died by his creation. When he got back home to his fiance they immediately got married and went on there honeymoon at a private lake. When they got there Victor checked all the room, and locked up all the windows, doors, and rooms scared that the monster might take his wife too. But he was to late when he heard his wife yelling from down stair.

He ran down, but it was to late so he then dedicated his life to find his creation and kill it. While sledding in the near the north pole. Victor got sick and was picked up by a sail crew. When the captain ask him what was he doing in the middle of nowhere almost. Victor told him the story of what happen.

When then the captain told him it was just all a imagination he fell to sleep. Last the monster came to where Victor was at and killed him as well.


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