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  • Themes and Motifs
    • Gothic Themes
    • Sublime Nature
      • "these sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving" p65
      • "sublime ecstasy that gave wings to the soul" p66
  • Sublime Nature
    • "these sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving" p65
    • "sublime ecstasy that gave wings to the soul" p66
  • Dangers of Knowledge
    • Themes and Motifs
      • Gothic Themes
  • The sun is yet high in the heavens; before it descends to hide itself...illuminate another world" p69
    • transcendental notion of Victor's power.
      • The sun is yet high in the heavens; before it descends to hide itself...illuminate another world" p69
      • "wandering spirits, if indeed ye wander, and do not rest in your narro beds, allow me this faint happiness, or take me, as your companion away from the joys of life. " p67
        • Nature and its ever-changing state is inevitable. Percy Shelley's Mutability exploits the idea that even the most blissful imaginations can be tainted with darkness. It also covers how we grow, like nature, and we gain wisdom and closer to ultimate freedom.
          • "the brightness of a beloved eye can have been extinguished"- the light symbolises life.
            • Dangers of Knowledge
            • "you seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been".
              • "The rain depressed me; my old feelings recurred, and I was miserable"
                • "the view of the tremendous and ever-moving glacier had produced upon my mind"
                  • pathetic fallacy is a common theme in gothic literature
                    • "The rain depressed me; my old feelings recurred, and I was miserable"
                    • "The rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out" p35- no break of dazzling light
                      • "She instructed her daughter to aspire to higher powers of intellect"
                        • This relates to the idea of Shelley becoming a narrative voice- Safie's mother objects the expected passivity of women, and shows how the dangers of knowledge not only apply to the men, or Byronic character of Victor.
                          • "She instructed her daughter to aspire to higher powers of intellect"
                          • "That sometimes raised me to ecstasy but more frequently sunk me into the lowest dejection" p89
                            • As the creature dangerously leanrs more about the world and its history, his mood become violently swayed.
                              • "That sometimes raised me to ecstasy but more frequently sunk me into the lowest dejection" p89
                              • "encompassed by frost and snow"
                                • Trapped in immoral grounds, such as Victor's dangerous and greatly increasing knowledge.
                                  • "encompassed by frost and snow"

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