Most people who have not read the novel “Frankenstein” will associate lightning as a key element related to the monster without considering its meaning. As we read along, we slowly realize that there is no direct use of electricity in this book. In fact, the movie adaptations that I presented to you in my last post intensified the use of electricity.
Lightning is mostly used as a symbol of destruction that is referred to often in the book. As we have seen in Victor Frankenstein’s youth, the lightning strikes a tree and it turns into ashes. The way Mary Shelley includes some excerpts referring to the lightning is only in terms of symbolization and it is not physically changing the story.
Lightning is unpredictable and can cause both death and resurrection of oneself. This is why lightning is such an interesting element for Mary Shelley to include because Victor Frankenstein is obsessed by science.
Also, there is an interesting debate on the presence of a storm in the book. It is not directly stated that there is an actual storm, however, the environment that is described looks like it. I wonder what your thoughts are on this subject. Leave a comment below about what you think it is that is described in this excerpt. A physical storm? A dark and deep event?