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Describe the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his monster.

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Describe the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his monster. Frankenstein (or the Modern Prometheus), was written by Mary Shelley in 1818, a time with a limited amount of knowledge of Human anatomy. It is unlikely that anyone would not be familiar of the story of Frankenstein, due to the vast amounts of cinema produced from it. The idea of re-animation during the 19th century would have been considered an act against God's creation, due to the widespread power of religion. Shelley's novel has a relationship between two characters that reflects this; Victor Frankenstein and his Monster. A large portion of a persons judgement of someone is their appearance. This is perhaps the one of the most important factors of Shelley's novel, the horrific appearance of the Monster, which basically allows the conflict to begin between victor Frankenstein and the Monster in their relationship. The Monster is described by Frankenstein as "His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of mucsles and arteries beneath ... ...read more.

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Unlike the monster, Frankenstein had a choice to isolate himself from the world, he abandoned his loving family and pursued his ambition; "...I was now alone." This seems unfair, that the monster, who is at a disadvantage, has no options, while Frankenstein is free to enter or leave society. It is likely that the monster realises this, thus causing him to further resent Frankenstein. Both characters are, in many ways, the same. An example of this is the fact that they are both comforted by nature. Frankenstein, after creating the monster 'wanders like an evil spirit'. But, upon his return to Sweden, he is comforted by natures beauty; "Magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving." The monster is comforted after a depressing spell by nature as well; "My spirits were elevated by the enchanting appearance of nature." There is an irony here; both characters are similar in many ways, but despise and loathe one another. ...read more.

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Ultimately, the only thing left for Frankenstein and the monster is death, in there final speeches, one aspect is clear, the both regret their past actions and how they both harshened the conflict between them. They both die in the same mind, they become identical. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is most defiantly a gothic novel, a style popular in the 19th century. Gothic novels typically explore regions of knowledge and life that, in many ways, is considered to be controversial and taboo and are basically horror novels, a style that today lives in cinema (Jurassic park (cloning), The sum of all fears (nuclear weapons)), and in some occasions, video games (Resident evil (biological weapons)). Frankenstein explores ambition and the possibility of creating life, a subject regularly debated about today in the form of cloning and genetic engineering. Frankenstein tells us that playing god is a dangerous game and that ambition can ruin us, it also shows how we treat those different from us, such as those with disabilities today. Frankenstein teaches an important lesson to those willing to listen, which not enough people do. ...read more.

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