English 12 Honors
November 13, 2012 “Frankenstein” was the first gothic literature novel. It was written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818. Victor Frankenstein is about a young man creating life and the obstacles he faces. Once he finished his creation he runs away from it because it did not turned out the way Victor planned. The creature soon runs away as well and goes out to learn more about life. When he soon finds out that humans are barbaric because they treat him like a monster the starts to get angry. He asks Victor to make him a companion but Victor destroys it. The creature goes on and kills Victor’s loved ones as threatened. The novel shows gothic literature elements such as horror and supernatural.
Horror is one element of gothic literature that is shown in the novel, “Frankenstein”. Victor Frankenstein became obsessed with the creation of life. Victor chose ideal body parts for the creature he was creating. He stayed in his home for about two years before he was finished with his experiment. When the creature came to life Victor was sleeping, when Victor woke up he was shocked by the creation hovering over him. “I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”(Shelley 51) Victor was horrified by the outcome of the creature’s appearance and ran away.
Another element of gothic literature is supernatural. Supernatural is an order of existence beyond the