Word Choice In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley and it got published in 1818. The novel is often classified as gothic literature. Gothic literature is genre of literature that combines fiction, horror, death, and romanticism. The story revolves around the life of a scientist called Victor Frankenstein, who reanimates a dead body and gives life to a so-called “monster”. After writing Frankenstein it was Shelley’s aim to “curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart”. Shelley goes beyond the usual horror stories of that time by using vivid word choice in the setting and bringing the fears of society alive through the characterization of Victor and the creature. First Release The first horror novels from before the nineteenth century…show more content…
Long before the creature is introduced Frankenstein describes him. At the beginning of chapter five alone Victor refers to him as a “catastrophe”, “wretch”, “demoniacal corpse”, and a “filthy daemon”. All of this imagery creates a picture in the reader’s mind of a savage beast. Even though Victor is the only one who has seen the creature, the reader is terrified and decides to side with Victor as he claims the creature is an actual “monster”. It is not until chapter eleven where we get to hear the voice of the creature. To some surprise the creature is actually intelligent and articulate. One example that proves this is that he describes the setting as, “… a retreat as Pandemonium appeared to the demons of hell…” (…) This reference to Paradise Lost is specifically linked to Adam and Eve’s discovery of the fallen world upon leaving Eden. It could be seen as symbolic as the creature himself found the world to be a corrupt and fallen place. So as Shelley shows that the creature is actually intelligent, the reader might start to worry about the power Victor holds. The fact that a human gave life to a knowledgeable yet indestructible creature completely wrecks every religious belief. Society at the time Frankenstein got released still believed religion was the answer to everything. Not only did Shelley contradict the bible but she also created a sense of consternation for those whose beliefs only rely on the
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