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Compare the theme of outsiders in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Daz 4 Zoe by Robert Swindells.

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GCSE COURSEWORK Wider Reading Q. Compare the theme of outsiders in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Daz 4 Zoe by Robert Swindells. This essay aims to compare two exceedingly diverse novels, Daz 4 Zoe A contemporary novel focusing on the future and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley a piece of nineteenth century literature. Both discuss outsiders in society. While, both books are very different there are similarities. Both authors cope with the concern of what it is like to live with being an outcast in society. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley wrote her 'blood curdling' novel in 1816 while on holiday in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1831, Shelley declares her desire to 'quicken the beatings of the heart.' This is the first of numerous signals that this book should be found in the Gothic Fiction genre. Frankenstein is commonly acknowledged as a Gothic novel with significant links to the Romantic Movement; yet, it has connections with other genres. The novel may be seen as the opening of science fiction, representing the scientific and technological advances suggesting potential consequences of future developments. Mary Shelley illustrates an intimidating yet realistic forecast of what the future may hold where man interferes with the creation of life. Frankenstein is written in three, first person narrators, framed or embedded narratives. The narrator changes many times, starting of with Robert Walton and later becoming Victor and the monster. Daz 4 Zoe, a futuristic adventure, also falls into various genres. ...read more.

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His misery drives him insane and he clings on to life in hope of vengeance. Victor Frankenstein's creation, which we call the monster, is also an outsider in Shelley's novel. Unlike Victor who made himself and chose to be an outsider, the monster is an outcast from society from the minute of his creation. Immediately after the monster is created he is left to fend for himself with nothing apart from Victors coat. He is alone partly because Victor falls desperately ill, however it is also because Victor is disgusted with his wretched creation. The monster travels to a nearby rural area where he comes across shelter next to a farming area, which belongs to the De Lacey family. Secretly the monster learns to read and communicate. However, when he is discovered and thrown out he also learns of his wretchedness and isolation. From the very beginning, the monster is casted away from the De Lacey's and his creator. This is because of his looks, sounds and his abnormal creation. The monster fails to understand why he brings fear and terror. He abhors society and seeks revenge on Victor. This is because the monster realizes his isolation and loneliness is prescribed by his creator. The monster confronts Victor he expresses the reason for his want of revenge and curses Victor. He describes how Victor 'made me wretched beyond expression.' The monster is also clever as he gains Victors and the readers sympathy when explaining his 'tale.' ...read more.

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To begin with Grandma is not a visible outsider, although later we go on to find she is the founder of the illegitimate organisation. She is very similar to Robert Walton as they are both outsiders in their thoughts and views, however they are not outcasts. Grandma was part of an underground outfit called F.A.I.R, which stands for Fraternal Alliance for Integration through Reunification. Resembling Victor, Robert Walton and Zoe, she is an outsider through choice and these views influence Zoe. Daz 4 Zoe and Frankenstein both discuss outsiders in society, and how people can be born outcasts and how others chose to be secluded from society because of their ambitions, beliefs or interests. We read how Daz and the Monster we forced into seclusion, isolated from society. Also how Zoe, Victor, Grandma and Robert Walton choose to live their lives dangerously and even unhappily because of their thoughts. The nineteenth century literature and the contemporary novel are relevant to today's society. In the present culture we have different castes, religions, races even different accents, Daz 4 Zoe shows an extreme version of abused power and prejudice. Due to advances in medical science in the present day limbs can be sewn on, body parts reshaped new skin tissue be formed. Frankenstein again shows excessive power, since the novel was written we have had cloning and artificial body parts The two novels both are severe results of social issues we have today. I feel the moral of the two novels combined is that with no action, modern society could find themselves in these difficult situations. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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