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Comparison between two novels; Frankenstein and Animal Farm - how dream, power and corruption is represented in both novels but in different ways.

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English Coursework: Comparison between two novels; Frankenstein and Animal Farm. Essay title: how dream, power and corruption is represented in both novels but in different ways. Introduction: I am going to compare/ contrast the two novels; Frankenstein and Animal farm on the basis of dream, power and corruption in both novels. I am going to start by introducing both novels by their social/historical background, and then I will introduce the setting of the novels and the characters. 'Frankenstein' was written in 1818 by Mary Shelley. It is a Gothic novel a man trying to play God. It is deeply disturbing and was written after the death of Shelley's first child. Mary Shelley's life was indeed unorthodox. The first hint of the strange life she was going to lead was shown when she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, a radicalist novelist and poet. 'Frankenstein' was the result of a challenge issued by Lord Byron to a group of his friends one night in a house owned by Byron on the shores of Lake Geneva. These friends included Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Poliadori (whose answer to the challenge was the first vampyre novel 'The Vampyre'). The novel was spawned from a nightmare Mary had about a young man kneeling horrified beside something he had created, something alive. At the beginning of the book Victor Frankenstein explains how his parents came to be together and a little about their lives until he was born. ...read more.

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The monster just wants to be loved and have a friend he can talk to; he doesn't care who it is. In the book he lived in the woods for a while and noticed a family called the De Lacys who where struggling to survive during the winter. He became friends with them and helped the by doing hard manual work. Over time the monster saw what the de Lacy's had and he fell in love with one of the de Lacys. When he told her his intensions she panic and gave him a look of disgust. Then the monster was mad with anger so he burnt them alive. The monster is not monstrous on the inside. When he attempts to converse with a blind man he is temporarily successful, but that triumph is later thwarted by the blind mans nephew who walks in on him and panics. The creatures terrifying appearance causes society to reject him. These cultural responses create the monster that the creature becomes. Frankenstein's creature was not created as an evil monster, but rather was created innocent and then was transformed into a monster due to his cultural influences. He was created as a gentle and harmless creature without any knowledge that he was unwanted in the world. Soon he realized that he was a mistake and didn't fit in with the rest of society. Even his creator, a man who should have put as much work into him after bringing him to life as he did prior to bringing him to life, did not love him. ...read more.

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Napoleon and Victor Frankenstein are very similar is this way, that they both corrupted with the power they had, even though their intentions might not have been bad they had made mistakes with the responsibility they carried. Napoleon was trusted by the animals to be a good leader and to free the animals from unnecessary labour so they only work to feed themselves, but Napoleon took advantage of the animals trust in him and bent the rules to suit his benefits. In Frankenstein, however, Victor Frankenstein was fascinated by science. He had good education and so was very interested in changing the history of science, especially after the death of his mother that gave him the push to create live. He did not mean to create a monster, and he didn't! As the creature was not monstrous at first when he was created but had developed hate and insanity from the surroundings that Victor left him in. Victor's main mistake was not creating the monster but abandoning him alone in the world and neglecting his creation. All in all as has been seen both of the novels explored the danger of having a dream and power that could lead to corruption. I think that both books have been very interesting and enjoyable. Animal farm was very easy to read with simple language and terms, however Frankenstein was more specific and descriptive as it is a much older book than Animal farm the use of language was quite different too. In my opinion Frankenstein was better written and was more interesting than Animal farm, may be because its fiction. ...read more.

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