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Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley is a novel that was written during the age of Romanticism. It contains many themes which are common in Romantic novels such as dark laboratories, the moon, and a monster; however, Frankenstein includes lot more than a common romantic novel. Shelley came to write Frankenstein in 1816 when she was in Switzerland and the poet Lord Byron proposed for entertainment they would each write a 'ghost story,' this is when Shelley started to write 'Frankenstein'. I will now consider the character of the monster and how Shelley uses him to raise themes and issues. In the novel, she describes a monster that is hideous and wretched looking. A monster's whose appearance prohibits anyone from going beyond his exterior to reach the inside qualities. 'His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriance's only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set...' ...read more.


But fate is against him and the 'miserable wretch' has barely spoken with the old man before his children return from their journey and see a monstrous creature at the feet of their father attempting to harm a helpless old man. 'Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore the creature from his father, to whose knees he clung...' Felix's actions hurt the monster. He knows that his dream of living with them 'happily ever after' wont happen and with the encounter still fresh in his mind along with his first encounter of humans, he 'declared everlasting war against the species, and more than all, him who had formed and sent him forth to this insupportable misery.' Here the reader feels sympathy for the monster because of the brutal treatment which he suffers at the hands of humans but at the same time scared of what the monster is capable of. The monster then compares himself to Adam in the novel. Frankenstein like God, creates human life, the difference is that the monster does not have his creator to tell him what he should or should not do. ...read more.


Frankenstein was also related to a significant theme of today, which is cloning. Many people now are against the idea of it. In the wrong hands problems are bound to arise. For example in Frankenstein's time he really hadn't thought this through very much. He was focused on whether or not he could make it happen, and he didn't think about what he should have been doing if it actually did. Many Scientists today have the same problem, even though times have changed. There is one more reason people do not like the idea of forming new life. This would be because it goes against most of the natural laws known. This is true even in Frankenstein's time as well as in the present, because the natural laws and religion have hardly changed or evolved much. Overall there is a lot of correlation between the concepts and ideas in science then as well as today. I think Mary Shelley was trying to warn us to use science carefully and that there are many consequences to creating human life, also shelly could have been trying to tell us that human society itself is monstrous and unfair. ...read more.

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