Locations and Journeys
Why do you think Shelley makes use of such a range of settings?
- Pivotal to understand novel and its impact
- The question of ethics and the boundaries of scientific research – the journey is a metaphor for the quest for knowledge
Why is it important that the events of the novel take place in such geographically diverse locations?
- Panoramic view of early nineteenth Century Europe
- Landscapes are in sympathy with Gothic traditions – pathetic fallacy
- Contrasts made between conventional nature and wild landscapes
- Links with the ‘journey’ of the narrative
What could these locations symbolise about the characters in the text?
- The tormented psychology of Victor Frankenstein and that of the monster he creates – The Mountains of the mind
- Walton and Frankenstein are similar characters – both on journeys and both lonely in pursuit of their interests - The Icy Wilderness of the pole is a powerful image of the psychology of both men
- Links to theme of isolation