The descriptive paragraph, as utilized by Mary Shelley in Victor’s narrative, monster language and actions, and natural descriptions. It is without a doubt that it encourages readers to continue reading and guessing what will happen next. It is clear that Frankenstein does not have a happy ending; rather, it is filled with dread and sadness.
Victor’s story is rife with foreshadowing, as the protagonist himself recounts it. He goes on to say, “As I observed my loved ones waste their existence in useless sorrow over graves, my prophetic soul spoke.” Victor commonly uses words such as “fate,” “omen,” and “destiny” to convey these messages. They warn that terrible events will take place, with certain characters dying or being harmed soon.
Second, the creature behaves and talks in a way that reflects his evil nature. It’s reasonable to anticipate that he’ll have a miserable future. In contrast, the monster is likely to cause much suffering and pain. He says, “As I stated before, I will wage eternal war against the species as well as him who gave me this insufferable condition.” He wants to get even with his creator, which can only end badly.
Third, the gloomy backdrop of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is due to nature. The weather is severe and unpleasant; the sky is grey, and the sea is unpredictable. It keeps readers on edge and makes the book a genuine horror tale. In such an atmosphere, positive events are unlikely to occur. As a result, readers may develop pessimistic expectations about the story’s conclusions.
In “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley employs foreshadowing to create tension and suspense. It gives that sense of worry that makes you sit on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, but most importantly it keeps readers turning pages.
Foreshadowing is used to assist readers to anticipate what will happen in the rest of the novel. When Victor says, “One man’s life or death were but a minor cost in comparison to the knowledge I sought,” (Shelley 22) he indicates that he will have trouble dealing with it because of his self-serving desire for information, which will lead him to carelessly creating a life he has no intention of caring for.
Even the night Victor creates his monster is dark and dreary, suggesting that something terrible is about to happen. Later on in the novel, when retelling their journey across Europe, Victor foreshadows Henry’s death by using words like “these ineffective phrases are but a minor homage to the unrivaled worth of Henry…” (Shelley 236). The use of past tense in Victor’s speech and the word “tribute” provide hints that Henry will perish later on in the narrative.
When Victor is excessively happy about a friend or family member, disaster is usually on the way. For example, Victor says, “Clerval joins me in Chapter 18.”
“alive to every new scene, joyful when he saw the beauties of the setting sun, and more happy when he beheld it rise and recommence a new day.” (Shelley 147).
This book is full of death, and it appears that whenever someone is happy, death is close by. It’s always believe to be too good to be true. Another illustration of this occurs in Elizabeth’s letters from chapter 6, which discuss how important William was and then he’s dead only a few pages later.
In her famous book, Mary Shelley does not hesitate to employ this narrative device to instill a sense of dread or presage future events. Frankenstein would be meaningless if it did not include foreshadowing.