Quotes from Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" depicting different criticism on the novel

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Criticism on the Novel

Nature setting are explicit

Page 30: "When I was about fifteen years old we had retired to our house near Belrive, when we witnessed a most violent and terrible thunderstorm. It advanced from behind the mountains of Jura, and the thunder burst at once with frightful loudness from various quarters of the heavens. I remained with curiosity and delight. As I stood at the door, on a beautiful oak which stood about twenty yards from our house; and so soon as the dazzling light vanished, the oak had disappeared, and nothing remained but a blasted stump. [...] It was not splintered from the shock, but entirely reduced to thin ribbons of wood."

Foreshadowing?: power of electricity sparks his attention, if it can destroy something so quickly, why can't it bring dead flesh to life?

Scientific descriptions lack important information

Page 48: "It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs."

We see how she was a poet in this quote: she gives more descriptions of the surroundings than the scientific aspect of which many people long for. Obviously shows the lack of knowledge displayed by Mary Shelly.

Countries are "close together"

Shows once again how much knowledge Mary Shelly had regarding geography. It sparks attention when she says that it takes longer to go from Geneva to Ingolstadt (a total of 413.6 miles) than it is to go to England.

Monster has superhuman abilities yet he is made from human parts

Page 70: "I thought of pursuing the devil, but it would have been in...