|Frankenstein and the Romantic Era
Frankenstein and the Romantic Era
In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the plot, setting, and characters reflect the historical and philosophical aspects of the Romantic era. This includes the emphasis on the impossible, the magical, and on freedom. It can also be related to the time period in which it was written, with the continued journey into the unknown, in science and exploration, and with the disarray of the world.
In 1816, the reanimation of dead tissue was not only amazing but unheard of. The idea that Victor Frankenstein could bring a being of this type alive was outrageous yet fascinating at the same time. This novel of great accomplishment is very similar to others of this period which were written beyond the realm of human possibility.
Another element of the romantic Age reflected in Frankenstein is the importance of freedom. The letters from Walton to his sister tell of his journey into the icy waters of the arctic. He is f...