- Social / political context
- Religious / philosophical context
- Literary context
- The Bible: Creation: see Religious / philosophical context
- The Prometheus myth
- The doppelganger
- The monster's reading: Plutarch, Milton and Goethe
- The Romantics: Coleridge, Lamb, Southey, de Quincey
- Title page to the first edition
- Volume 1
- Volume 2
- Volume 3
Laboratory and mine
Frankenstein necessarily carries out his work indoors, hidden in his laboratory and often going out only at night, particularly when he is gathering body parts to create the monster. This obsessive, solitary work is described in Volume 1, Chapter 3, and in the final paragraph Victor describes its effect on him:
Frankenstein, Volume 1, Chapter 3
This passage shows:
- Victor has cut himself off from the natural world:
- he is no longer conscious of the cycle of the seasons
- he takes no pleasures in the beauties of nature.
- The image of the mine is particularly telling:
- it intensifies the sense of Victor as someone who is buried in his work and remote from everyday life
- the reference to an ‘unwholesome trade' reminds the reader of the steps Victor must take to obtain body parts from morgues, dissecting rooms, animal slaughter houses and also, perhaps, graves.
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