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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 1941 words

Comparison of ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelly to ‘The Doom Stone’ by Paul Zindel

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Introduction

Frankenstein's creation, having shown such anguish, must be understood to be more of a heroic creature, rather than a "wretched monster" as Victor continues to call it. The creature has been placed into a cold world, with monstrous features; however, a soul is not given to a creature through science. Calling this creature a monster is unacceptable, for the only thing which separates him from the rest of humankind is the fact that he is extremely tall and unattractive-even hideous. Such is the way Victor views his creation. Because it has such repulsing features, Victor believes that it also has inherent malice and is thus a monster. Victor is supposed to be the hero; the great scientist that creates new life from the dead-and he is a great scientist. But the true hero is his creature. For his creature overcomes the hardships of life on its own. One must imagine abandoning an infant. This infant, Frankenstein's creation, has developed the social skills that it must live by. How can one be shunned for not knowing better? Victor Frankenstein definitely knew better. He did grow up in a household; he had friendship, education, love, and values. However, he deviates from these values, for nobody would just abandon an infant as he did. Therefore, it is Victor who displays the more monstrous behavior and it is his creature who, although it did murder, has dominant heroic traits.

Middle

It is in this passage that one clearly understands that Victor sees absolutely no good in the "monster." Rather than looking forward to meeting the monster and having a conversation with it, Victor is prepared to murder his creation. Moreover, it is when Victor is confronted by his creation in the mountains that one can see who the true monster is. Victor screams addressing it as "evil" and as a "vile insect"(68). At this point, the monster utterly surprises the reader. Surprisingly, the creature does not savagely strike Victor, nor does he react with hate; instead he answers Victor in a philosophical sense: " All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living thing! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by the ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us...Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind" (68). He continues to discern that even his creator despises him. "How can I move thee? Will no intreaties cause thee to turn a favourable eye upon thy creature, who implores thy goodness and compassion?...I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing? They spurn and hate me..."(69).

Conclusion

In the end Jackson Teaming up with Alma, a pretty, young girl who lives near the site, Jackson has several terrible encounters with the monster, solves the riddle of the doom stone that controls the creature, and discovers a clan of subterranean-dwelling creatures that are somehow linked to the monster. Fifteen-year-old Jackson Cauley joins his aunt, an anthropologist, in England to seek out a vicious half-human predator roaming the plains near Stonehenge, where Jackson and a girl named Alma track the beast to its labyrinthine lair. Driving past Stonehenge on his way to visit his anthropologist aunt, 15-year-old Jackson sees a creature mauling a young man. It turns out that his aunt is leading a team of scientists and military personnel who are investigating a series of mutilations in the area. The creature, an intelligent but bloodthirsty hominid, kills several people, leading Jackson on a hunt for the beast before it kills again Jackson is thrilled to be visiting his aunt Sarah at her latest archaeological dig near Stonehenge. But before he even arrives at the site, he witnesses a brutal attack on a young man. Later that night, his aunt is attacked by the creature, and its "saliva" invades her body, creating a bizarre linkage that lets the creature control her mind and gain her knowledge. Teaming up with Alma, a pretty, young girl who lives near the site, Jackson has several terrible encounters with the monster, solves the riddle of the doom stone that controls the creature, and discovers a clan of subterranean-dwelling creatures that are somehow linked to the monster.

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