These appropriate pairings of characters with their environments will be re-emphasized throughout the novel, and the physical qualities of the environments will provoke contemplative thought for most of the main characters, especially Victor and the Creature.
is clearly a novel about romantic striving against the customary boundaries or limitations placed on our existence.
The Creature occupies a world that is bleak, that is attacked on all sides by an unforgiving set of conditions.
Victor, his family, and the De Lacys occupy a world that has beauty, even though each has had to deal with occasional harsh realities.
In short, the argument can be made that through Frankenstein, Shelley not only engages with Romanticism,she exceeds much of what her contemporaries were writing by taking the movement one step further.
Before discussing this aspect of Shelley’s work, it is necessary to lay forth the ideological groundwork underlying Romanticism as a literary movement.
He must perfect the role of the scientist by attempting to accomplish the impossible, a process which is inevitably frustrated, as it must be, by the fact that overstepping human boundaries has significant consequences.
Shelley’s Frankenstein is not a mad scientist, as his character has been reduced to over the years, but a scientist who is passionate about the primary questions and preoccupations of his time.
It is symbolic, of course, that Victor has chosen such a barren place to create the companion for the Creature.
The contrast between the two places is as stark and distinct as the differences between Frankenstein’s Creature and the human world.