Gothic novels emphasize mystery, horror, and the supernatural.

Write a short analysis (7-10 sentences) of the gothic features of the novel that are evident in the chapters we have read so far. You need to address the following in your analysis:     How does Shelley establish an atmosphere of mystery? How does the action create a feeling of terror in the reader? What supernatural elements does she include? Also consider setting, plot, character, and theme

Do these words sound familiar? “Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay / To mold me man? Did I solicit thee / from darkness to promote me?” This quotation appears on the title page of Frankenstein. It could have been spoken by Frankenstein’s creature. In fact, the words come from John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost and are spoken by the character of Adam. Paradise Lost is a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve from the Bible. An equally prominent character in the poem is Satan, the lord of evil. Milton depicts Satan as the chief angel of heaven who rebels against God and is cast into hell. To avenge himself, he tempts Adam and Eve to disobey God in the Garden of Eden. In chapter II, Volume II of Frankenstein, the creature confronts his creator. He compares himself to not only Adam but to “the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed.” In the rest of Volume II, Shelley expands on this allusion to Paradise Lost, emphasizing the parallels between God and Satan in the poem, and Frankenstein and his monster in the novel.

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