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  1. Who is the real monster in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein

    As it 'stretched out' to reach Frankenstein, a 'grin wrinkled its cheeks', which indicates a need for its creator. The monster is behaving like a newborn baby needing the guidance of its mother. In my opinion there are no signs of monstrosity in its actions at this stage. After the creature's escape from Frankenstein's laboratory the reader is given the chance to empathise with it, as its own story reveals its true feelings. The narrator in these chapters is the monster itself and the events are, therefore, surveyed from its perspective. A dual narrative, such as this, gives the opportunity to explore events from different points of view and affects ouropinion of the characters.

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  2. In Frankenstein(TM) it is generally accepted that the female characters and their values are presented in direct contrast to the ambitious, self seeking men. Examine the impact of two or more female characters in this appropriate sta

    This contrast can be seen as feminist by some critics since Elizabeth has the courage to humiliate herself in order to save Justine where the male character Victor does not. However since Elizabeth does not succeed as a pleading woman it reflects on how much society in those times would listen and be convinced by a woman speaker, and therefore the powerlessness of a woman. Elizabeth punctuates the novel with a series of concerned letters pleading with Victor for him to come home whenever he is away.

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  3. [The] juxtaposition of the ghastly and the everyday suggests one of the defining characteristics of the gothic genre, that of the uncanny double, the shadowy world that is the complex underbelly of familiar experience(TM) "L

    This immediately implies that Walton is in possible danger on his journey and sparks the suspense that the reader will carry through the entirety of the novel. At this point the reader is also made aware that the novel contains a possible evil and that at any point this evil could appear and harm the only character that the reader has met so far, Robert Walton. It soon becomes clear, through reading Walton's letters home that he is a driven romantic and so the reader can expect the contrasts of the ghastly and beautiful which is typical of the romantic genre.

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