The theme of nature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The theme of nature in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus plays a major role in conveying the author's concepts and it is one of most enduring themes in the novel which helps the readers in determining the nature of the characters and events.


Thus, it is the beauty of the natural world that restores Victor to health when he is too despondent of finding solace anywhere else. Mary Shelley is especially categorical about the curative power of nature and she introduces the theme of nature at the very opening of the novel where Marlowe, in his letter to his sister Saville, pointing to the impact of the natural world on him. "I am already far north of London; and as I walk in the streets of Petersburg, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves, and fills me with delight. Do you understand this feeling This breeze, which has travelled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my day dreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight. There, Margaret, the sun is forever visible; its broad disk just skirting the horizon, and diffusing a perpetual splendour..." (Shelley, 5) Therefore, the great curative power of nature is an important theme of Shelley's Frankenstein it symbolises purity and innocence in a vile and corrupt world represented by human beings who believe in the power of science. ...
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