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

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  • Essay length: 1941 words
  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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GCSE Mary Shelley

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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

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