The ‘Romance’ of Frankenstein
Victor Frankenstein grows to have the desire to find a way to overcome death and disease. When coming upon the ideology of creating a creature as a solution Victor decides to act on these ideas or thoughts. The result brings death and anguish to himself and his family.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a classical Gothic novel that was influenced by the ideas of Romanticism. The idea of romanticism ranged from actions and thoughts, to emotion and state of being.
What first needs defining is what romanticism is. Romanticism is, “A literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, characterized chiefly by an emphasis on the imagination and emotions, marked especially in English literature.” In other words, it is the concept of looking more toward nature and ideas as solutions to problems rather than rational materialism; which is looking at nature simply as passive material for man to exploit. In today’s society it is generally known as liberalism. The difference here though, is that the primary focus for the romanticists was to not worry about your actions, that you just do what you do, think what you think, and live how you live. This is what brought many of the trends in the literature in the 1800s about. Throughout Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses several of the literary trends that coincide with the influence of romantic ideas. These trends in turn distribute the basis of a recurring theme to which shows how Mary Shelley felt about the Industrial Revolution.
In the late 1700s many historical events were taking place; the French Revolution, the Revolutionary War, etc. But what has truly had the impact upon romanticism is the Industrial Revolution. In 1760 the industrial revolution of England begins. Tearing down and burning the forests, strip mining, destroying much of the environment of England. Along with it came much advancement in industry and technolog...