17th May 2018

Essay – Frankenstein

Analyse the extent to which Frankenstein creature displays common characteristics of a gothic antagonist.


Gothic Themes and Elements:

The presence of a castle.
Dark settings
Low lighting
Extreme landscapes, extreme weathers.
Magic and the supernatural.
Death, decay, darkness and madness.
A passion-driven, wilful villain-hero or villain.
A heroine that often faints and needs to be rescued
A hero whose true identity is revealed by the end of the text.
Evil deeds leading to the downfall of a character.
Horrifying events or the threat.

The Creature is the antagonist in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein”. This unnamed Creature, that for purposes of ease i will call “bill” from now one, Begins life in a grown infancy, as a supernatural freak strung to gather in a micarb tangle of human strengths. Through the process of growing, mentally, and learning he gains many traits including empathy, incredibly strong emotion; good and bad, and vengeance. “I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If i can not satisfy one, I will indulge the other”. As you could imagine the thoughts someone who learnt with out guidance would likely stem from emotion and little else, In this case anger. Anger at his greater for bringing him in to this world with out consent and then abandoning him.


Bill Is the supernatural, Existing beyond the natural realms of our universe. He is an amalgamation of bits creating a greater being, almost god like, His creation defies natural biology and science. Supernatural forces are very common in novels of gothic fiction because





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