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Commentary on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Commentary on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein The Dominant effect of this passage is that of despair. The scientist despairs at his actions in the past, and in the present; three yeas before the scientist had "created a fiend who...desolated my heart and filled it with bitterest remorse". The passage indicates that although the scientist is obviously a genius, his work has brought him nothing but pain and suffering. The narrator also has an opinion of the despair of the creature who "loathed his own deformity..." for the three years of his life. Although the fiend had agreed to move to an uninhabited place with his 'mate', the scientist realises that even she might reject him, and the creature would again be alone and deserted. ...read more.


Throughout the first part of the gloomy and black passage, the scientist seems helpless and resigned to his fate. He is weary and while realising the horror of what he is doing appears to accept that it will be done. The sentences are long; punctuated by colons and semi-colons, indicating that the narrator's thoughts are crowded in his mind The language in the passage is menacing. The fiend has "unparallel barbarity" and his mate may delight in "murder and wretchedness". Their children would produce a "race of devils". As the scientist sees the demon at the window he realises "with a sensation of madness" that to create a second monster would be too horrible and he tears it to pieces. ...read more.


He is alone and his thoughts are "sickening". He is lost in his own gloomy world only vaguely aware that life is carrying on out on the sea. The fishermen can be heard talking to each other - but only in the distance. The passage ends when it is implied that the monster has returned to take his revenge on the scientist. "I trembled from head to foot; I felt a presentment of who it was..." but he is helpless and cannot call for help. Mary Shelly's character, "Frankenstein" has brought the wrath of heaven upon himself because, like Prometheus (who stole fire from heaven and gave it to man), has 'played God' and created a living creature. The passage seems to be showing that although man feels he is powerful and clever, the opposite is true. ...read more.

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