Nature in Frankenstein

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  • Nature in Frankenstein
    • Nature as a comforter
      • Heals Victor in Chapter 6
        • "A serene sky and verdant fields filled me with ecstasy"
      • After Justine's death, Victor goes to the mountains
        • "I shunned the face of man; all sound of joy or complexity was torture to me, solitude was my only consolation - deep, death like solitude
        • Nature aiding isolation
          • Orkney Islands
            • "Remotest of islands as the scene of my labours"
            • Nature as a reflection of Frankenstein
              • Victor's transformation highlighted by the setting
                • I thought of Switzerland; it was far different from this desolate and appalling landscape [...] Its fair lakes reflect a blue and gentle sky and, when troubled by the winds, their tumult is but as the play of a lively infant, when compared to the roarings of the giant ocean
                • The discomfort Victor experiences is reflected in the weather of the Orkney islands
            • The island is symbolic of Victor's isolation and thus his journey to this place highlights Frankenstein's mental state.
          • Walton has no one on his voyage
            • "None to participate my joy"
        • "Maternal nature bade me weep no more"
        • "The description of the mountain scenery, and of its effect on Victor is finely given" -Anonymous: Edinburgh Magazine
    • Nature aiding isolation
      • Orkney Islands
        • "Remotest of islands as the scene of my labours"
        • Nature as a reflection of Frankenstein
          • Victor's transformation highlighted by the setting
            • I thought of Switzerland; it was far different from this desolate and appalling landscape [...] Its fair lakes reflect a blue and gentle sky and, when troubled by the winds, their tumult is but as the play of a lively infant, when compared to the roarings of the giant ocean
            • The discomfort Victor experiences is reflected in the weather of the Orkney islands
        • The island is symbolic of Victor's isolation and thus his journey to this place highlights Frankenstein's mental state.
      • Walton has no one on his voyage
        • "None to participate my joy"
    • Romanticism
      • Romantics looked withing their own natures.
    • Power of nature and Tampering with the natural order
      • Victor meeting the monster at the alps
        • Describes Mount Blanc as 'Magnificent' and possessing an 'awful majesty'
          • Possible punishment for trying to break the laws of nature
            • Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through
              • The words "Ideal bounds" and "break" suggest an unlawful action
          • The "awful majesty" of the mountain reflects the monster who is also "gigantic in structure"
      • Victor attempts to defy Natural order by artifically giving birth
        • Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through
          • The words "Ideal bounds" and "break" suggest an unlawful action
        • "Death and birth are hideously mixed in Frankenstein's "workshop of filthy creation" -Ellen Moers: The Monster's Mother
        • Galvanism was a movement found by Luigi Galvani in which electricity was used to create life. This influenced Frankenstein

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