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Examine how Mary Shelley conveys the theme of Isolation in Frankenstein through the three Narrators.

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Examine how Mary Shelley conveys the theme of Isolation in Frankenstein through the three Narrators Frankenstein was published in 1818 from the mind of the gothic author Mary Shelley. Her creation Frankenstein also called the modern Prometheus. Mary's childhood was plagued by the death of her mother, her half-sister and later on her miscarriage. Mary unsurprisingly fell very alone and was not helped by the fact her dad did not pay much attention to her needs. Frankenstein contains a lot of anguish, torment, sorrow and isolation which seems to refer back to Mary's background of what she felt and reflected in her dream which gave her the idea of Frankenstein. During the time Shelley was writing Frankenstein she was reading Emile a poem which said man's nature is harmless but that men are made evil by society. This seems to have influenced the elements put into the Story. The story was written during the Romantic Movement which encouraged people to think about innovations, idealisation, new beginnings and discovery of that time. During Mary Shelley's childhood Luigi Galvani had made a frog's leg twitch by allowing it to make contact with electricity. ...read more.

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The reader sees him as someone who is very unfortunate; that it was not his fault. This also evokes sympathy as well as isolation in the reader. Shelley uses Walton to show the reader how it felt for her in her life. Her immense literature knowledge did not help her pass the feeling of isolation which kept on tormenting her life even when she married. Shelley also shows Victor as a very isolated person during his life. Frankenstein was shown as isolated during the first few chapters in which Shelley introduced him to the reader. The reader realises the fact that Frankenstein was very isolated at the beginning of chapter 4 when Frankenstein is describing his surroundings in the laboratory in which the monster was assembled. He is in "dreary" room with no other living thing in the room, no one he can communicate with; just the lifeless being. Shelley makes it seem that Frankenstein does not understand that he is in an isolated situation however the reader manages to understand that the surroundings are very isolated that in fact there are no other living beings in the room for him to relate to." ...read more.

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You, my creator abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing?" To the reader the monster is shown as an isolated individual who has unfairly been abandoned by its father/creator. Frankenstein is shown as his father who has left him to rot therefore enforcing the effect of isolation the reader feels about the monster. The reader is then made to feel that Victor Frankenstein is to blame for the monster's feelings of isolation. Shelley used this technique to prepare the reader for the monster's narrative view and to start seeing things from the monster's perspective. In conclusion Shelley has been found to use to several narrative and literal techniques to show the feeling of isolation through all the characters. Shelley very often during the story used the scenery to reflect the emotions of the narrators within the book. The isolation within this book was one of the primary themes contributing to its gothic theme. Shelley uses things she experienced during her experience to create different situations in which isolation and sympathy were portrayed. Shelley (in the book) does not mention the word "isolation" however using very subtle techniques during the dialogue of the narrators and also scenery description she conveys the emotion fully to the reader about the characters within the story. ...read more.

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