Mary Shelly's Romanticism


What depicts Romanticism within Frankenstein by Mary Shelly?

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Your question has anothing to do with grammar, but I do enjoy literature analysis.


Classical Romanticism was all about shoving off the social norms and mores and embracing emotion as our moral compass an logical guide.  It was based in overwhelming sensory-derived and aesthetically-pleasing experiences.  What do we want?  What do we desire?  What are our hidden, secret desires that we barely even recognize within ourselves?


Frankenstein is told in the first-person perspective from a couple of different viewpoints, namely Victor and the monster, so any analysis should include both.


I would like to chime in on the part I liked the best as far as Romanticism, one which I actually think has real-life application with some of my young students:


The Monster has this overwhelming need for human connection, to be loved... However, because he is so hideous and cannot communicate his fundamental needs and desires, he repels everyone who could care for him or, at least, come to understand him.  In the end, because he couldn't form a positive connection, and because he desperately needed some connection--ANY CONNECTION--he turned to the polar opposite in true Romantic style... fear.  If he couldn't make them love them, then he would make them fear him.


This is something I think about every day with some of the young men I work with day in and day out... They don't have positive role models at home and they don't know how to express themselves effectively and say how they feel or what they need... so what do they turn to?  Violence, resentment, and intolerance for everyone who they think could never love them--which is just about everyone that isn't part of their clique or gang and, like the monster, emotion rather than rationality rules the day.

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