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Describe the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his monster.

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Rosie Corbett. Describe the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his monster. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a book about a man who looks beyond the basics of science. The scientist is called Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein wants to create life; Frankenstein usurps the role of God. He tries to create a monster but it has consequences, which nobody could imagine. Frankenstein is seen in the North Pole by Walton, and this is how Walton describes him, "his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering"(Page 13). The monster is kind hearted but nobody knows this, the characters in the book look at his appearance and straight past his heart, feelings and his life. Frankenstein doesn't think what effects this could have on his life and those around him. Frankenstein is the creator of the monster and the monster is the created but they still have similarities and differences. The two characters are both driven by power of revenge, and they are alienated because of their actions. The monster is always unattractive during the book, but this is not his fault, it is Frankenstein's. He made the monster the way he is and the monster knows this. This affects their relationship and the two characters both want good intentions. ...read more.

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It was important for them to get a normal mental anguish. By this point the monster is desperate for a family, a real one. Frankenstein has a loving family; they restore him back to health on a number of occasions. They tell him to go back, and Elizabeth says to him, "Get well and return to us...you will find a happy and cheerful home and friends who love you dearly"(Page 57). Mary Shelley has emphasised that Frankenstein has the perfect family whilst the monster hasn't. At the end of the book they both end up with out a family, again they are the same. This may have made them want to know each other as they both feel alone but still they choose to resent each other. The monster and Frankenstein are both driven by revenge. The monster sees William playing and he strangles him to death. Frankenstein receives a letter from his home stating William's death and Frankenstein returns home to his family in the morning to find that Justine has been accused of the murder. Then the monster kills Clerval, Frankenstein's friend. On Frankenstein's wedding night the monster kills Elizabeth, "her bloodless arms and relaxed form flung by the murderer on its bridal bier"(Page 201/206). ...read more.

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Social Context. Mary Shelley's book is a gothic horror. It was fashionable in the 19th century to write gothic novels. She was dared to write the novel and she published and sold the book. The language used was how people used to speak in the 19th century. The language would add effect to the book and the atmosphere of the particular part of the book. Frankenstein describes his family with great detail. Mary Shelley tries to create a mental image in your mind of his family. His family was a typical family for the 19th century. The ambition of the book is almost the same as the 21st century. The idea of a scientist in the 19th century creating life was absurd. Today, scientist are cloning, it is linked with Frankenstein because they were both trying to create life and people today still are. The scientist's today are not thinking of the consequences of cloning, this is what Frankenstein did and look at the results of his idea of creating life. If someone was disabled in the 19th century they were seen as freaks. Mary Shelley wants us to sympathise with the monster because of the way he looked. Her use of words makes us sympathise with the monster. Today, people want us to sympathise with the disabled people too. 1 ...read more.

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