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Romanticism in Frankenstein

Romanticism in FrankensteinThe sublime beauty of nature

Robert Walton as a RomanticWalton is a typical Romanic because he is educating himself and traveling for his own educational pursuits to unexplored and not fully understood places, remote settings like St. Petersburg Sensuous and passionate:Waltons openness of his need for a friendHis heart is determinedConfidence in the heartThe warmth that Walton feels for Victor when he first meets him Romanticism Contd

Romanticism Contd

Revolutionary and Rebellious:Victor cautions Walton about seeking knowledge because of the results it may have this idea is a very Romantic concept since during the Industrial Age people were afraid that technology could lead to disaster if it was not checked by manRomanticism ContdArt-loving:Henry Clerval is a Romantic character he is a poet and a writer; he likes adventure and values his friendsRomanticism ContdDefenders of LibertyJustine is saved from poverty by the Frankenstein and blamed for the deaths of her own family members, etc.This is an element of Romanticism as Shelley uses Justines story to comment on the poor treatment of servants in England and on the demeaning class structures many countries in Europe practiced

Romanticism ContdThe Noble Savage:The monster scolds Victor for playing GodHe says he will not physically hurt Victor because he sees him as a lordThe monster is not truly evil but instead the miseries of life have made him this way he is a noble savage

It was during an access of this kind that I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near Alpine valleys, sought in the magnificent, the eternity of such scenes, to forget myself and my ephemeral. (81)

My wanderings were directed towards the valley of Chamounix. I had visited it frequently during my boyhoodbut nought had changed in those savage and enduring scenes. (81)

The weight upon my spirit was sensibly lightened as I plunged deeper in the ravine of Arve. The immense mountains and precipices that overhung me on every side the sound of the river raging among the rocks (81)Ruined castles hanging on the precipicesformed a scene of singular beauty. (81)

10But it was augmented and rendered sublime by the might Alps, whose white and shining pyramids and domes towered above all, as belonging to another earth, the habitations of another race of beings. (97)

Mont Blanc, the supreme and magnificent Mont Blanc, raised itself from the surrounding aiguilles and its tremendous dome overlooked the valley. (81)