• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent is Frankenstein a criticism of societys attitude to accommodate what it sees as monsters, aliens and exiles?

Extracts from this document...


To what extent is ?Frankenstein? a criticism of society?s attitude to accommodate what it sees as monsters, aliens and exiles? ?Frankenstein? was written in an era when gothic horror was widely read and very popular, especially with women. Discussing gothic horror was a common past time amongst women and it was acceptable for more unorthodox views to be expressed. Writers knew that mystery and horror were important elements that made up gothic horror which would almost certainly have influenced Shelley?s writing. ?Frankenstein? contains many characters which could be seen as monsters, aliens and exiles and Shelley is very particular in the way in which they are portrayed and accepted by society. It appears that in ?Frankenstein? society is itself what creates the monsters ? after all, the monster only becomes monstrous after being exiled and mistreated by society. This begs the question ? is Victor a metaphor for society and how twisted it has become? Shelley ensures that the audience feels pity for the exiles as they are mistreated. ...read more.


here because although we understand why society drives the monster away, we can see that it is unjust in doing so and would be appalled at the unfairness of the situation, although with reflection the audience would see that given the same situation they would have done exactly the same. Shelley criticises the treatment of the other exiles in the novel very obviously. Safie?s father is a prime example of this as he is persecuted simply because of his wealth and religion. This is an excellent example of racism in that period and from Shelley?s point of view it is very wrong, although we know it happened on a large scale throughout history. It is interesting that he is never given a name in the text, being referred to as ?The Turk? or ?Safie?s father?, perhaps this is to stop they audience from becoming emotionally attached because Shelley feels that he does not deserve pity after he breaks his promise to Felix. ...read more.


He allows himself to be overcome by fits and refuses to deal with what he has created. It is this cowardice that would annoy the reader and when Victor does finally decide to do something about the monster he has already allowed his entire family to die by the hands of the being he created. Even when he has the chance to save their lives by creating a companion for the monster he chooses to condemn the world rather than help the monster. Still society does not shun Victor, apart from when he is a murder suspect, and continues to accept him although it is clear to the reader that the ?monster? is actually Victor and not his creation. ?Frankenstein? is clearly a criticism of society?s attitude towards anything it considers ?wrong?. Shelley is clever in writing this through a popular medium therefore it reaches many people and should make them, at least subconsciously, reconsider what they see as monsters as they have now had the chance to understand exactly how an exile would feel. Jessica Ellis ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Mary Shelly section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Mary Shelly essays

  1. Frankenstien;In her 1831 introduction to the novel Shelley explained how she wanted to 'curdle ...

    This is a perfect example of the male dominance. Victor is not only filling the role of God and in so designing this females every detail but he also has the option to give life or not. By destroying her form he has effectively taken away her life even if he has not killed her.

  2. Compare and contrast the ways in which Frankenstein and one other Gothic novel explore ...

    However, despite all of the creature's good intentions, it is still said that they 'pave the road to hell', and actions, such as when he 'grasped [William's throat]...and he lay dead' speak louder.

  1. Who is the real monster in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein

    When the monster finally meets the old man, it is polite and civil towards him. It does not seek material satisfactions, but 'warmth and the company of man'. The creature speaks about the De Lacey's as it would about its parents.

  2. Frankenstein - the role of Safie in the novel.

    This incidence gives a sense of M.shelley's oblique reference of looking at Turkey within the dimensions of the "east".

  1. [The] juxtaposition of the ghastly and the everyday suggests one of the defining characteristics ...

    Perhaps these feeling accumulated because science was and still is very experimental and these experiments often had fatal consequences. These fatalities are less frequent in modern times as we have precautions that must be undertaken, however, up to the mid 1900's experimental procedures were dangerous and often poorly pre-meditated.

  2. In Frankenstein(TM) it is generally accepted that the female characters and their values are ...

    theme, or the female characters themselves could represent Mary Shelley since all have survival and strength ingrained in their character. Despite her strength and position in the family, Elizabeth is viewed as a possession of Victors. '...I, with childish seriousness, interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine - mine to protect, love, and cherish.

  1. Frankenstein: "Irony is what drives the plot." Discuss.

    Ultimately, the plot?s central focus then mirrors the Creature?s irony, first appearing to be a revelation of the Creature?s misdeeds and Frankenstein?s suffering before revealing that the Creature?s monstrosity and misdeeds are catalysed by inhumane treatment by the humans. The creature laments of his unfair treatment, asking Walton ?Am I

  2. Human curiosity in "Frankenstein"

    Doctors are now able to cure people of many diseases that in former times were fatal for people, and all these good things are available to us because of human curiosity. It is possible to enumerate the facts about goodness of curiosity for a long time, because initially the basis

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work