Setting, Isolation and Dr. Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is distinctly marked by scenes of isolation. Not surprisingly, the characters that are forced to endure the desolate settings are affected profoundly. The isolation troubles their thoughts and plays upon their mood. Thus the setting and characters work together, one enhancing the other. The dynamic is confirmed in the character of Doctor Frankenstein. Through the course of the text, the Doctor reacts differently to the isolated settings which he is immersed in. The differing reactions may be understood as moving in progression, from one extreme to another. At first, the isolated settings bring out only fear in the Doctor. The initial...The end:
..... visit to the Alps. The setting, combined with the presence of the Monster, fills the Doctor with terror. More specifically, he is terrified at the ease with which the Monster handles the desolate setting. The second encounter is on one of the Orkney Islands. The Doctor’s reaction is much more subdued. His growing appreciation for the human ability to withstand suffering – as seen in the island’s inhabitants and through his own experiences – is a major reason for this change. Finally, the Doctor experiences exaltation in the Arctic. From an initial terror of isolated settings, he becomes convinced that only in such isolated settings can a human’s potential be realized. Works Cited Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Modern Library, 1999.