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Explore the way that Shelley presents the relationship between Frankenstein and his creature.

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Introduction

"Did I request thee, maker from my clay to mould me man? Did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me?" - John Milton, Paradise Lost. Frankenstein tells his creature that "There can be no community between you and me; we are enemies." However, it can be argued that the creature and his creator are very similar. Explore the way that Shelley presents the relationship between Frankenstein and his creature. Frankenstein and the creature, although have strong feeling of hate towards each other. Frankenstein to creature for murdering his family and friends, and also creature to Frankenstein for creating him, and refusing to make a partner for the creature to have for company. Although there can obviously be no community or relationship between the creature and Frankenstein there are some similarities between them that Shelley makes obvious and shows very well. The first similarity we notice, when reading the novel, is how Frankenstein and the creature feel the same a lot of the time. They are both extremely lonely and feel isolated in their world. ...read more.

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Frankenstein is isolated, as no one knows what he has done so he cannot, and does not tell anyone. Even his dearest friend, Henry Clerval is kept in the dark, as to what he has been up to. Eventually Frankenstein and the creature meet and the creature say he will never ask Frankenstein for anything else, if he will just make him a partner. The creature knows how Frankenstein feels about him as he found and read his diary on the moors. The creature has also educated himself by reading Paradise Lost, which he believes to be fact. He compares himself to Adam and wonders why he has no Eve, and why his creator does not watch over, teach or protect him as God does Adam. Frankenstein is horrified with what he has created so he does not wish to protect or teach the creature. The creature is actually more like the fallen angel, Satan, although even Satan has his followers. The creature is all alone. Frankenstein moves his lab to the Orkney Islands, where he wishes to create another creature, a partner for his other creation. ...read more.

Conclusion

The way Shelley describes this, and most other feelings of the creature, are done in a gothic and dark style. Frankenstein read and was inspired by Cornelius Agrippa at a young age. He acts in a similar way to the creature because he doesn't realise that this in fact fiction and this seems to start his obsession with creating life without birth. When he leaves Geneva even his lecturers say how he has wasted his time reading that 'rubbish'. This is the same as the creature reading Paradise Lost. Towards the end of the novel Frankenstein begins to blame his father for his creation as his father was aware of the fact he was reading Agrippa but did not explain why it was 'sad trash'. His father just tells him not to waste his time with it. Shelley is inspired by the romantic period and shows how knowledge can be a good and bad thing and also how progress can be a bad thing, although it is generally thought of as good. Progress can cause terrible things. Frankenstein thought that his progression, of creating life without birth was brilliant but was in fact disastrous. Kayleigh White 10R March 3rd 2003 ...read more.

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