How Mary Shelley creates a sense of horror in Frankenstein.
In this essay, I will be writing about how Mary Shelley creates senseof horror in Frankenstein. Horror stories are usually dark andsinister. They are also very mysterious. They mostly use catchingbackground music and horrible settings to create a sense of horror.
Mary Shelley creates a sense of horror through the characters,settings and the language. From the beginning of the story, theaudience’s speculate that there was a reason behind VictorFrankenstein’s interest to the anatomy of science.
” A mind of moderate capacity, which closely pursues one study,
Must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.”
This creates a sense of horror because it suggests that Frankensteinis obsessed with the subject. It isn’t just a plain interest.
After his mother died, he was very upset and angry. He wanted tocreate a living human being- bringing a dead body alive. He wanted todo something that no one else has done. This can be looked at, as ametaphor saying that, he wanted to make something that even naturehasn’t even created.
This creates a sense of horror because, people in the 19th centurywere very superstitious and believed that going against the naturemeans going against God, and that’s the worst sin that can becommitted.
” Darkness had no effect upon my fancy.”
This creates a sense of horror because he was different from the otherpeople as well as the human characteristics. He had no fear of deathor any superstitious belief. He appears as a person who would doanything because he is contending to himself as well as God.
He wanted to create something that wouldn’t have to follow theprocedure of life.
“I should attempt the creation of a being like myself”
This creates a sense of horror because it suggests that he wants tobreak the natural chain. He is willing to create a human like himselfbut it should live for eternity. He wants to prevent death. He wantedto “succeed and arrive at great proficiency in that study”.
He finally decides to learn everything about human bodies and create ahuman creature from dead body parts so he started to make frameworkwith bones and organs as an experiment.
Frankenstein collects most of the materials that he needs from thecharnel house where dead bodies are kept, and also goes to otherplaces that are associated death such as churchyards, the dissectingroom and the slaughterhouse.
“Churchyard was the receptacle of bodies deprived of life” and
“The dissecting room and the slaughter house furnished many of hismaterials”.
All these settings creates a sense of horror because, it’s set in a