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WHO IS THE MONSTER IN FRANKENSTEIN?

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WHO IS THE MONSTER IN FRANKENSTEIN? GCSE ESSAY PLAN - CHRISTIE HEYWOOD 10A CONTENTS: 'Frankenstein' was written in the 19th century and it was written by Mary Shelley (Her full name is Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley). The genre of this book is Gothic science fiction. She was born in August the 30th, 1797 in London and in a very Christian-extremist culture. Her father was William Wollstonecraft and her mother was Mary Godwin and both parents were writers in the 1800's. Four weeks after giving birth to Mary Shelley, her mother died thus, she never knew her mother. Her father remarried to a woman of the name Mrs Clairmont at the age of four years. Mary had begun the book when she was only eighteen and had conceived it from a nightmare. In 1814, Mary met Percy Bysshe Shelley and was to be married at a later date. In February 1815, Mary gave birth to a daughter, who was born prematurely and who subsequently died in March of the same year. The couple settled in Bishopgate, England and a second child, William, was born. The book was published in 1818 with the name of a conjured male writer; as at the time of Mary Shelley it was thought to be a disgrace for the female form to take on a commonly thought male role. In November 1816, Fanny, Mary's half-sister, committed suicide. ...read more.

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This all complements/supports the beginning definition of a monster that I made. Here Shelley compares God's creation of Adam to Victor's creation of the monster. Victor sees his creation as beautiful and yet repugnant, versus the creation story taken from the Bible in which God sees his creation of Adam as "good". However, by saying 'Frankenstein's monster' Mary Shelley could be saying that the monster belongs to Frankenstein. So therefore logically, if the creature has created 'monstrous' events then surely the blame must be on Victor, if not partly? This is from a technical point of view. In the book, Victor Frankenstein wants to be the first person to give life to a dead human being. He spends all of his time concentrating on this goal, and gives up his family and friends. When he finally accomplishes this, everything falls apart. So, Victor Frankenstein is to blame for the tragedy but is he really to blame for the actions of the monster? Although some critics say that the monster Victor has created is to blame for the destruction and violence that follow the experiment, it is Victor who is the responsible party. First, Victor, being the scientist, should have known how to do research on the subject a lot more than he had done. He obviously has not thought of the consequences that may result from it such as the monster going crazy, how the monster reacts to people and things, and especially the time it will take him to turn the monster into the perfect normal human being. ...read more.

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In some respects the monster shouldn't have killed the relatives of Victor for revenge as their disputes should have been kept between them. I have most sympathy for Frankenstein's creation as he was abandoned and not taught of the harsh outside world. One could compare it to an unwanted child being left on the streets to fend for itself. It would have to learn fast and be harsh itself in order to survive. Mary Shelley's life was seemingly connected to tragedy, with the deaths of three children, her mother, and her husband, and the suicides of Percy's former wife and Mary's half-sister. This may have influenced her writing as she has included many deaths in her book such as the deaths of Frankenstein's mother, William, Justine, Henry Clerval, Elizabeth, Frankenstein's father, Frankenstein and the monster itself. I think that Mary Shelley was trying to expand the mind of readers and tell them that the true monster at the time is humanity and the harsh nature of our race. I believe that this still applies today. I think Mary gained little sympathy from her society for the tragic events she went through and had to grow up similarly to her fictional character Frankenstein's monster. I personally agree with Mary Shelley and believe that the true monster not only in Frankenstein but the whole nature of humankind is the true monster. Humankind triggered the book which contains the characters which therefore created Victor and his creation itself. ...read more.

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