Encyclopaedia Britannica describes the Gothic novel as “European Romantic

Encyclopaedia Britannica describes the Gothic novel as “European Romantic, pseudomedieval fiction having a prevailing atmosphere of mystery and terror” (britannica.com). The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is considered a gothic novel and contains many common characteristics of a Gothic novel. The presence of evil, mystery, supernatural and dark aspects of this novel are what make it a true Gothic novel.
A typical aspect of a Gothic novel that is seen in Frankenstein is suspense and mystery, as well as fear. Throughout the novel there are many examples of these characteristics. One example is the weather in the book. Shelley frequently uses the weather in a scene to create a dark and mysterious feeling. When William is murdered it is on a stormy night and it is also stormy the day of Victor’s wedding. The lightning and thunderstorms that are written in Frankenstein make it more suspenseful and mysterious. Another setting that is used to create suspense is isolation. When he was creating the monster, Frankenstein “paid no visit to Geneva” and isolated himself. Being alone means also that if something goes wrong no one is there to help.
A second element of a Gothic novel is