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The novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley This was the highlight of her work The main plot of the story is enveloped by a unique frame story The narration shifts from Robert Walton to Victor Frankenstein to the monster and in the end back to Walton Thus making Waltons story the frame to Frankensteins This style of writing provides several interesting functions to the story as a whole Shelley uses this frame story to create a very important narrative structure The novel is filled with several different kinds of texts such as letters notes journals inscriptions and books It is through this profusion of texts in which Shelley uses to help unfold the ghostly and haunting story of Frankenstein and provide the narrative structure she wishes to convey The novel takes place in the 1700s and starts with Waltons letters to his sister Mrs Margaret Saville who resides in England In using Walton to begin the story it enables Shelley to introduce the setting of the novel to the reader Walton is a well to do English explorer seeking a meaning to life and an searching for a discovery not yet ventured upon by any other man These letters encompass the whole story Victor Frankensteins story fits inside Waltons letters the monsters story fits inside Victors and the love story of Felix and Safie and references to Paradise Lost fit inside the monsters story The various types of writings in the novel serve as concrete manifestations of characters attitudes and emotions Waltons letters transmit important information to the reader which serves to advance the plot and offer some sense of authenticity to an implausible story In addition to Waltons letters Victor also uses letters in hes narrative which have come from Alphonse and Elizabeth Victors use of these personal letters allows Alphonse and Elizabeth to express them shedding light on their respective concerns and attitudes and thus having them
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