Can someone mark my essay about the Theme of Nature in FrankensteinWatch
Shelley exposes Victor’s reaction to nature’s beauty to be significantly similar to his obsession with knowledge. This vividly exposes to the reader Shelley’s Romantic beliefs. Victor’s disbelief in nature’s beauty is exposed in the extract when he says, ‘The abrupt sides of vast mountains were before me; the icy wall of the glacier overhung me’. The adjective ‘abrupt’ connotes sudden and immediate, which highlights nature’s power as it is surprising, and fascinating compared to an ordinary man. The phrase ‘were before me’ is ambiguous as it could literally mean that the mountains were behind him or could mean that he views the power of nature to be inferior to him as he is in front of it. Shelley uses a metaphor to create a vivid image to the reader of nature’s beauty. The contemporary romantic reader would feel agitated as they see Victor’s mockery of nature’s power. Alternatively, the modern reader, further away from the Romantic movement, wouldn’t be as offended as the significance of nature has declined in the modern society. Victor continues to perhaps mock the power of nature when he says, ‘the solemn silence of this glorious presence - chamber of the imperial nature was broken only by the brawling waves’. The alliterative phrase ‘solemn silence’ highlights how Victor mocks nature as he mentions its ‘silence’ perhaps meaning its non-attendance which undermines its power. The adjective ‘imperial’ connotes royal and monarchical, which is ambiguous as it could be Victor appreciating nature’s power or could be him mocking it by saying its monarchical, and as Shelley was an atheist and kings were seen as God’s representatives on Earth, this could be a way Shelley criticises Christianity. The modern reader would begin to contextually link Victor to Prometheus who rebelled against God, when he gave human race fire. This is similar to how Victor is rebelling and mocking nature and its power through religious references.