The Art of Gothic Literature: An Analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

  • Jihad Jaafar Waham Scientific Research Centre, Al-Ayen University, Iraq
Keywords: Gothic, Frankenstein, Romanticism, Enlightenment


This article examines Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as an example of Gothic literature. The author analyzes the novel's themes, characters, and literary devices to explore how Shelley uses Gothic elements to create a complex and emotionally resonant work. The article also delves into the historical and cultural context in which the novel was written, highlighting the influence of Romanticism and Enlightenment philosophy. Ultimately, the article argues that Frankenstein is a masterpiece of Gothic literature that continues to captivate readers and inspire new interpretations. In "The Art of Gothic Literature: An Analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," the author examines Shelley's famous novel and its contribution to the Gothic literary tradition. The article explores the novel's themes, including the dangers of scientific progress, the limits of human knowledge, and the consequences of playing god. The author also analyzes the novel's structure, characterization, and use of symbolism, highlighting the ways in which Shelley draws upon Gothic conventions while also subverting them. Ultimately, the article argues that Frankenstein remains a powerful and influential work of Gothic literature that continues to captivate readers more than two centuries after its publication. This article analyzes Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" through the lens of gothic literature. The author explores how Shelley incorporates various gothic elements such as supernatural occurrences, grotesque imagery, and emotional intensity to create a dark and unsettling atmosphere. The article also delves into the themes of the novel, including the dangers of playing god and the isolation and alienation experienced by the creature. Through a close reading of the text, the author highlights the literary techniques that Shelley employs to convey these themes and to create a timeless work of gothic literature. Ultimately, the article argues that "Frankenstein" remains a relevant and powerful example of the gothic genre due to its ability to evoke fear, explore complex themes, and showcase the artistry of its author.


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