Romanticism and Frankenstein
The romanticism in Frankenstein is surely visible through the mastery of the plot where the events meet with drama. There is an intriguing structure of different events that take place in this novel. Mary Shelley has told the story beautifully through words and metaphorical comparisons of events. The novel consists of a metaphorical meaning and an exaggeration in expression.
Romanticism is imposed as a literary movement in this novel where the reader is forced to create visionary images and imaginations to feel the real essence of the event that is taking place. Mary Shelley has captured sublime moments and portrayed them through words. When the public reads the text, they are able to create a collective imagination to understand new ways of interpreting the world and the human beings of the society in which they live. The more personal the experiences, the better the representation. However, the story of Frankenstein was not the author’s personal experience, but she was still able to craft this piece of romantic text with starter Gothic elements to make it more fascinating and redefine the text.
The novel portrays the search for something unusual, that is, Victor Frankenstein’s quest to create a living organism out of something raw. Reflects romanticism by making an effort to create a human-like object. Victor Frankenstein wants to be a God and the creator of the unknown. Hence it is strange and exotic for him to be a dreamer willing to control the world with an unattainable idealization. Romanticism, however, in Frankenstein includes the struggle against the norms of society, a set of discourses for limitations and limits. As a way, Victor Frankenstein wants to cross all limitations and borders, regardless of the duties assigned to him, to play a divine character to achieve the impossible, which led him to involve methods full of frustration and surpassing. The novel explains the idea of imperfection and non-ideal availability of the solution to whatever social experiment takes place.
Romanticism suggests that the nature and plot of a story are of great importance for a better understanding of the textual situation and the establishment of the physical qualities of the characters in the novel, and therefore the same is true of Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s characters will unfold as when readers continue to read. Each time the reader reads a successive chapter, a new character will appear.
Frankenstein’s plot and setting symbolize the essentiality of the novel’s relative themes. As a romantically Gothic novel, Frankenstein’s setting is Orkney. Orkney is an exotic environment with dark, sterile, harsh and grayish environmental conditions. It’s more of a dirty and dusty plot. In the novel, Victor Frankenstein and his family live in a beautiful world of harsh realities, while the monster is created on Orkney. The author uses imagery to create a contrast between the hills of Switzerland and Orkney to aid the art of the proper combination of characters and the plot of the setting.
Considering the main focus of the novel, that is, the monster, an object that lacks speech, physical abilities and faces rejections on multiple occasions, tries very hard to develop a relationship with the humans of society, the environment, but he soon realizes the differences between himself and the rest.
The novel does not lead to a happy ending, but to a powerful message that there is no acceptance of the unusual. It is completely impossible to fight against the established roles and norms of society. The novel belongs to an exemplary form of romantic tenure, highly stylized with a more fanciful than realistic approach. The story is an allegory of the emotions and original experiences of romantic writers with the possibility of two genres. It allows you to examine yourself, expression of the desire for the hardest, that is, the impossibility. Shelley does not philosophize her own experiences in the text, instead, she leaves readers questions about an ethical and moral quest.
Realism and Suif Ball
Boule de Suif, also known as the fat ball, is quite different from Frankenstein. In this story, there are more dominant characters with strong characterization and easy visualization. There is the presence of metonymic contiguity between the plot and the characters. Everything is completely defined.
Maupassant begins by developing a vision of the plot during the 19th century. They are the first moments of the Prussian invasion when the troops of French citizens began to escape towards the coast. The author’s strong rhetorical tools, that is, imagery and the development of photographic memories, allow him to present a power of emotions in this masterpiece. The author makes sense to readers for visualization. Maupassant builds a realistic social hierarchy within the coach who was later outraged by the tension created. The hierarchy includes two nuns who are less involved in any kind of scandal, a prostitute, that is, Boule de Suif, who is won by immoral ethics and means, a Democrat who follows a leftist ideology and a few individuals from socially respectable elite. But this whole social hierarchy collapses when the disinterested Boule de Suif offers them food and drink and then everyone is on an equal footing.
The character of Boule de Suif is symbolizing how to portray a very deep message throughout history that is understood by his actions and not by his words. Maupassant detailed an incisive description of her as a prostitute in his text. The author also reveals numerous scandals that the people on the coach face despite their social value in the hierarchy. It seems that the elite people don’t care about her respect and honor as they accept Boule de Suif’s food offering and then force her to commit an immoral act as the only way to get ransom from the Prussian army. Maupassant explains the characteristic of greed and selfishness among people in the real world. This is the realistic view of human nature as corrupting and arrogant, without also entering the terrain of high morality. Boule de Suif’s state of promiscuity leads to confusion when faced with possessing moral codes of ethics. She has rules set for her and stands up for everything she believes in. Her profession, on the one hand, is to bring the pleasure of utilitarianism to a large number of people, but on the other hand, she refuses to sleep with an enemy and serves to free herself and her companions. Around here, he seems to have moral problems.
At many stages in this story, realism is expressed in terms of manipulation and emotional risk. There is a comparison between acts of lowering of morale and acts of increasing morale of all social classes. Maupassant wants to alarm readers to recognize the ostentation of society using a convoluted realistic methodology. Maupassant uses language as a symbol of emotions, characterization and compassion.
Boule de Suif also goes through great emotional damage when he satisfies the enemy’s needs by pressurizing his comrades but still gets nothing in return but shame and ridicule for being immoral. She is the antihero in history, the weakest and not at all powerful. The author named her “Boule de Suif” for being soft, fat, short, but a banged prostitute.