Miguel EscamillaMrs. ButenschoenAP English20 January, 2018Frankenstein Essay In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the use of nature is very prominent in the metaphors and similes Shelley uses. Early on in the book, she decides to include many nature themed descriptions, such as the mountain river, and beds of flowers which represent the feelings and emotions expressed by the characters in ways more profound than traditional, run of the mill words could. Throughout the entire book Shelly uses nature as a restorative factor for the characters, especially Victor. Early on in the book the nature references are very obvious, for example, when Shelly states “I feel pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind, and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self…  I find it arise, like a mountain river, from ignoble and almost forgotten sources; but swelling as it proceeded, it became the torrent which, in its course, has swept away all my hopes and joys.” (Shelley, 21). Shelley’s clever use of the mountain river at the beginning of the book could be a metaphor that compares Victors emotions and feelings to a river, in the sense that they both have a continuous downward flow. Using a nature metaphor this early on in the book suggests that Shelley much prefered to go for a more natural, serene way to express feelings rather than detailed descriptions. Shelley’s use of nature is at a peak point after the murders of his close loved ones. After William and Justine had been murdered by the monster, Victor was greatly affected, especially because of William “I remained two days at Lausanne, in this painful state of mind. I contemplated the lake: the waters were placid; all around was calm, and the snowy mountains, “the palaces of nature,” were not changed. By degrees the calm and heavenly scene restored me, and I continued my journey towards Geneva.” (Shelly 21).