FRANKENSTEIN: TRAMA E ANALISI IN INGLESE
THE GOTHIC NOVEL:
-great importance to terror and horror
-atmosphere of gloom, oppression and mystery
-ancient settings, like isolated castles, mysterious abbeys and convents
-use of supernatural beings, like vampires, monsters, ghosts and witches
FRANKENSTEIN:Mary Shelly was born in 1797, the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin.
FRANKENSTEIN: RIASSUNTO IN INGLESE
THE PLOT: Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, manages to create a human being, by joining parts selected from corpses. The result of the experiment is revolting and horrible; the Monster becomes a murder and, in the end, he destroys his creator. The story is not told chronologically and it is introduced to us by some letters that Walton, a young explorer on a voyage of expedition to the North Pole, writes to Margaret, his sister.
THE INFLUENCE OF SCIENCE: Mary Shelley dedicated it to Godwin and she used many of the ideas held by her parents, including social justice and education. She sympathizes with the monster but she is afraid of the consequences of his actions: there is tension between the fear of revolution and interest in the revolutionary ideas. Both Percy and Mary were interested in science, and particularly, in chemistry, so that she was aware of the latest scientific theories and experiments of the day in the fields of chemistry, evolutionism and electricity; in fact F. tries to create a human being throughout the use of electricity and chemistry without respecting the rules of nature, overcoming human limits.