Frankenstein Literary Elements
By calebsp, Updated
Three literary elements used in Mary Shelly's, " Frankenstein"
What...was...that dream, and why did that happe- oh no!
Foreshadowing-Victor had a dream of Elizabeth turning into a corpse, which foreshadows Elizabeth's death by the hands of the creature. "I slept, indeed, but I was disturbed by the wildest dreams. I thought I saw Elizabeth, in the bloom of health, walking in the streets of Ingolstadt. Delighted and surprised, I embraced her; but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel. I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew covered my forehead, my teeth chattered, and every limb became convulsed: when, by the dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced its way through the window shutters, I beheld the wretch -- the miserable monster whom I had created."
The symbolism of fire- It represents passion, such as Victor's passion for science, however that passion can be dangerous, similar to the creature's first experience with fire. Fire also represents destruction as the creature will burn Victor's dead body, then himself.
Allusion- The creature compares himself to Adam and Satan. Adam was created alone at first first, yet the creature was rejected by his creator, Victor for his appearance and crimes, similar to how Satan was cast out of heaven due to his rebellion against God.
"Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence; but his state was far different from mine in every other respect... Many times I considered Satan as the fitter emblem of my condition, for often, like him, when I viewed the bliss of my protector, the bitter gall of envy rose within me. "
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