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Amy Sexton English 216 Essay Chris McVey Discussion: Th @ 2:25 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Samuel Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner When reading a specific text, it is easy compare and relate the stories through formal strategies. Distinguishing the usages of certain formal strategies is crucial in helping the reader identify and properly understand the author’s underlying meanings in each text. Specifically, the usage of frame narrative, Gothic genre and the use of the didactic narrative is fundamental in understanding Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Samuel Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner . A frame narrative is a formal strategy that occurs when a story is told within a story that comments on the main plot being addressed. This is specifically important to Shelley’s Frankenstein because the frame shift affects who the reader trusts throughout the novel. In general, Frankenstein is abundant with texts such as: letters, notes, journals, inscriptions, and books. Sometimes these texts are nestled within each other, other times they are simply alluded to or quoted. Robert Walton's letters surround the entire Frankenstein saga. Victor Frankenstein’s story fits inside Walton's letters and the monster's story fits inside Victor's tales to Walton. Finally, the love story of Felix and Saffie and references to Paradise Lost fit inside the monster's story. This plethora of texts is an important aspect of the narrative structure, as the various writings serve as tangible manifestations of characters' attitudes and emotions and how the reader relates to them. The frame narrative also allows the reader to shift sympathies between the characters,
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course ENGLISH 216 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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