Frankenstein and Nature

The Effects of Interfering with Nature

Romanticism had a very large presence in Mary Shelley’s life.   She was married to one of the leading Romantic poets and friends with many others.   When writing her novel, Frankenstein, she stemmed many concepts in the story from Romantic ideals, one being nature and its immense strength and power.   Nature is a marvel and should be left alone.   In her novel, Mary Shelley discusses nature’s power and that meddling with it leads to negative consequences.   The point is made that nature is way more powerful than man and interfering with its natural course is a horrible idea because humans are insignificant when compared to nature.
Nature holds immense power.   According to Mary Shelley and the Romantics, nature is the strongest force there is.   It controls everything and has the big picture in mind.   Therefore, it should not be impeded upon because it could obliterate a human in a split second.   Mary Shelley shows nature’s power and strength in many cases.   The complete destruction of a tree is used to show the reader how violent nature can be.
As I stood at the door, on a sudden I beheld a stream of fire issue from an old and beautiful oak which stood about twenty yards from our house; and so soon as the dazzling light vanished, the oak had disappeared, and nothing remained but a blasted stump. When we visited it the next morning, we found the tree shattered in a singular manner. It was not splintered by the shock, but entirely reduced to thin ribbons of wood. I never beheld anything so utterly destroyed (Shelley 26).

This quote shows just how strong nature is.   A midst a lightening storm a tree is completely demolished in seconds.   Nothing in the entire universe could stop that tree from being destroyed.   Nature holds the power to do anything.   If nature can reduce a tree in no time at all it could destroy a human in even less time.   The idea is being set in place that nature is a force that should not be disturbed...