Horrible monster appears in the novel as a counterpart of the great creator.
“The creature was allowed to live among the people, endowed with the power to do evil seemed to me as my own evil principle, a vampire, escaped from the coffin to destroy all that is dear to me” -Frankenstein recognized.
Analyzing the work of the writer the question is appeared: “Why only the first novel fascinates the reader, although her other works, such as “The Last Man” (1826) are not inferior to “Frankenstein” on artistic qualities?
The answer, in my opinion, lies in the fact that in the first novel by Mary Shelley are raised important questions of human existence, which has pervaded the philosophical, scientific and aesthetic quest for centuries: whether a man can play the role of God, producing his own kind, whether it has the right to intervene in the mysteries of nature, whether there was Eve created from Adam’s rib?
More precisely, only one feature of the canonical Gothic novel is observed.
It is an atmosphere of fear and terror (“room windows were blacked out before, and now I saw with a fear that the room was lit by the pale yellow moon.The shutters were disclosed, with an indescribable sense of horror I saw at the open window, hateful and fearful figure …“).(Tropp, Martin, 1976) But “Frankenstein” attracts attention as a philosophical novel. Scott stated: “…” Frankenstein ” looks like Gulliver’s Travels, where the most outlandish fiction allowed in order to extract their philosophical meaning and the moral law “(Heffernan, James A. In addition, it is worth saying that the massive industry of the second half of the twentieth century turns Frankenstein into farcical figure of comic burlesques and parodies, which has little in common with the hero of Mary Shelley.Unfortunately, none of its screenings, including the latest with Kenneth Branagh in the role of Frankenstein and Robert De Niro as a demon, could not convey the complexity of the philosophical and psychological sophistication of this novel.Before I call the “Frankenstein” like the Gothic novel, it is necessary to define this genre.During the appearance of the novel publication, the name Frankenstein took root in the English language for describing someone who starts forces, slipping out of his control.However, the image of Frankenstein is not only the prophetic idea of the mankind scientific progress adverse consequences possibility, but the author’s profound meditation on human nature.This “modern Prometheus” knows all the imperfections of the divine man creation, bearing in itself both creative and destructive impulses.The novel was staged during writer lifetime repeatedly, and later, the novel was adapted for the screen many times.– Dark and ominous scene of action supports the general atmosphere of mystery and fear.– In the early Gothic novels, the central character – is a girl.