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Compare and contrast the authors portrayal of Victor and the creature in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein.

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Compare and contrast the authors portrayal of Victor and the creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein The novel "Frankenstein" was written by Mary Shelley in 1816. Shelley was born in 1797 in Somers town London. Her mum died just ten days after she was born. Shelly had four miscarriages throughout her life and maybe this had an influence on why she wrote about death and creation. It was during Shelley's stay with Lord Byron at Lake Geneva that the idea for the novel "Frankenstein" came about. Having had their outdoor excursions curtailed by rain they took to reading horror stories by the fire at night. It was during one of these evenings that they all agreed to write a horror story. However Mary was the only one of the three to complete the tale. In the time the novel was written there was a conflict between science and religion. Religion had been a vital part of life and society. But now science had taken over, there was a big interest in scientific discoveries. ...read more.

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"Hair was of a lustrous black and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness." This shows the reader that victor feels he has created the perfect creature whereas we know that it is the complete opposite, and this shows us of Victor's insecurity and his obsession to scientific discoveries. At this point we feel a little sorry for him seeing a delusion of what he thought was a perfect creature. We see him as not being a particularly good scientist in the respect that he didn't listen and went and did his own thing, we see him as an obsessive scientist "I had worked hard for nearly two years for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health." This quotation really illustrates to the reader just how obsessive he really is that he would go to the extreme of not being hygienic or have any rest. We see that victor has a fun free side to him once his work is finished but also he has a hard working side. ...read more.

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The creature learns on his own and this portrays to the reader that he actually may look scary but underneath he is innocent and wants to be involved with a family like wee see in chapter eleven where he looks through the "almost imperceptible chink" to see how people live their life. I feel she is criticising Victor for taking one look at the creature and being a coward and running away and abandoning it. I don't think victor was right creating the creature, I believe people should be left alone to die peacefully but Victor had a lot of trauma in his life for example his mum dying and this would have spurred him on to make the creature. The novel "Frankenstein" tells us that Shelly has a confident view in the way that science will advance by writing about recreating human life. It is portrayed very well in this novel that people have many different views on the subject of creating life it is just some of these people try to back up there opinions. By Jack Mullen 10C ...read more.

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