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Discuss the presentation of monsters in Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein"

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Discuss the presentation of monsters in Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" "Frankenstein" is the story of a man whose ambition makes him want to seek for supernatural powers. In his attempt to reach a god like status, he acts for his own interest and wants his name "glorified" by humanity. This book is still popular today because it has science fiction. This is something universal in Frankenstein's attempt to reach his god like level. This is still a widely discussed book nowadays. That's what makes Frankenstein still very up to date. The book was first published in 1818 and was written by Mary Wollstanecraft Shelly who was born in London. The word monster has many definitions. Monster means an imaginary or legendary creature having a strange and frightening appearance or structural defects or deformities. The monsters in the novel might be the creation because he looks "hideous" and kills people. It also could be Frankenstein because it seems monstrous to create such an unnatural creature which could destroy the society. Walton could be the monster for risking lives unnecessarily for an ambition to reach the North Pole. The novel is structured in a very interesting way. The beginning of the novel starts with letters. This is called epistolary. ...read more.


"I was in reality the monster" this relates to Elizabeth saying "men are blood thirsty monsters." This is actual fact makes Frankenstein the monster instead of the creation. Frankenstein mentions Elizabeth the "purest creature." It's ironic because Elizabeth does not know the Frankenstein is responsible for William and Justin's death. It's astonishing that the first time we meet the monster; he is civilised, generous and loving. He is like a God. "These labourers, performed by an invisible hand greatly astonished them." The monster helped and supported the labourers. He was like "good spirits" compared to god. This relates to how Frankenstein wanted to be a God like, but is just goes to show that what a monster can be a God. The only aspect the creature might seem monstrous, is his ugliness and size. He is described "wretch" and "filthy daemon." Apart from that, the creature has a heart of and angel. The monster understands and knows about nature, and people are created by God. He is impressed with Gods creatures; however, Frankenstein does not know God creates us. "How dare you sport thus with life." This tells us that the monster is upset and disturbed and asks Frankenstein, why are you playing with life? ...read more.


It relates to when Frankenstein gnashed his teeth. This shows that they are both as worse as each other in that period of time. Frankenstein refused to make another monster because he knew and leaned that if he were to perform that, then the whole world would be in danger that it could destroy humanity. It was not an easy decision to make because the monster had sort of threatened Frankenstein to make a friend for him. To some extent Frankenstein can be described as a romantic hero because he puts himself in danger for the sake of mankind. Shelley is trying to warn us about, not playing with God. He creates your life and he ends your life. The monster actually suffers the most because, it was not his fault that he was created with structural defects and considering his situation, he was actually a good person from the inside. Having been abandoned by your creator is something the monster cannot adjust to. Considering what he had to go through does make him seem a romantic hero. Shelley's purpose and message is to tell us that everyone can be good and try no to let your ambition destroy you. ?? ?? ?? ?? Muhammad Kermali ...read more.

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