Shelleys Frankenstein Settings Essays

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In Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” the setting is more then just a time and a place. She reveals information in the story that most authors would not about the setting. Shelley painted a picture in your mind of every setting in the book when presented. Her attention to detail about the setting pulled the reader in and gave the reader a better understanding of how or why certain things were happening.
In Frankenstein, much of the setting, from a geographical standpoint takes place a lot in places such as the Swiss Alps, where the cold weather isn’t very friendly and the seclusion is lonely, much like the monster. The characters in the story seem to be consistent with the geographical setting. For example, Victor creates a monster on a night…show more content…

Victor Frankenstein wanted to make another human but in turn made a monster, which at the time would have been virtually impossible. Because of the situation and the parts used on the monster, it caused people to be scared and afraid of the monster.
The characters in Frankenstein also play a big role in the setting. Where they are in their lives show and reveal many things to the reader that could not have been comprehended if not explained. For example Victor Frankenstein was a very intelligent man who was intrigued with the gift of life and created something beyond the scientific possibilities at the time. Other characters such as the monster himself was personally targeted by society because of his looks. Even his acts of saving a girl from drowning did not get him anything but a beating and shame.
The monster had much to deal with emotionally because of how he was treated by not only society but even his creator. His social location as a person was destroyed and nothing anyone cared about. Another emotional character was Victor, who had to go through the creation of something that killed the people closest to him.
The setting of Frankenstein is just the cornerstone for the story. From the setting comes the theme, the explanation of the characters, and the reasoning behind many of the problems. If the story would have been written in a different time period, or a different area of the world. Life of the characters was also affected

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is an intriguing novel in respect to its haunting and powerful story and its effective development. The story has many different settings, all of which have a direct correlation to the story line. Setting plays a pivotal role throughout the novel, creating feelings of loneliness and despair. Shelley strengthens the theme of isolation by setting the conclusion of her novel in the Arctic wasteland, a place of hostile and desolate environment.

We are first introduced to the theme of loneliness in the first chapter of the novel In his second letter to his sister, we learn that Walton was trapped in the Arctic and feels lonely and isolated, with no one to turn to for comfort, "I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy." (pg 19) The theme of loneliness then continues on throughout the story.

From Justine to Elizabeth to Victor, all of whom have experienced the pain of isolation. Elizabeth grows up without knowing her mother, whom had died giving birth to her. Similarly, when Justine's father dies, she lives with her mother, who ends up treating her very badly and was often alone. These examples of abandonment represent a type of loneliness and this is embodied in the unforgiving environment of the Artic. No matter where one looks, all he sees is ice-covered tundra. In much the same way, no matter where an orphan looks, no one appears to support him or her.

One other significant example of isolation is the relationship between Victor and the monster. When Victor first sees his creation, he calls it a wretched being, "I beheld the wretch-the miserable monster whom I had created." (pg 59) From this moment on, the monster is...


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