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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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G.C.S.E English and English Literature coursework: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The novel Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in 1818, although it was first told orally in 1816. She told the story because she was with her husband, Percy Shelley and some friends, who decided to tell stories, as it was a stormy night in Germany, by the lakeside. They all made up stories and they decided that her story was the best. They suggested that she make her sorry into a book, so she did, Mary Shelley's story had many influences. For example electricity had just been discovered in the 18th century, There was also an experiment on a man called Thomas Foster in which it was discovered that when applying electricity onto certain parts of a human corpse, it would make the corpse move, which happens in the story Frankenstein. Mary Shelley was also influenced by her father, William Godwin, a philosopher. Mary Shelley's mother died during childbirth. Mary Shelley was brought up believing that men and woman were equal; that she could do anything men could do. She also had a quality education, so she understood science and the human body. Her husband, Percy Shelley, was also amazed at electricity. ...read more.

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She uses this technique to make her story more exiting to the reader, and emphasize her characters feelings. She is also trying to make the reader share the feelings of the character. When the monster awakens, Frankenstein has mixed emotions. He is suddenly overcome with fear of the monster. He is immediately critical of the monsters looks, and does not attempt to communicate with the monster, or give the monster a chance to communicate. He cannot describe his feelings when the monster is given life, as he asks rhetorical questions: "How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe?" It is beyond words for him. According to Frankenstein, the monster has 'yellow skin'. He also says that 'his hair was of a lustrous black', and 'his teeth of a pearly whiteness'. He says that all of the luxuriance's form a 'horrid contrast with his watery eyes'. And Frankenstein says the monster has a 'shrivelled complexion and straight black lips'. Frankenstein describes the monster as looking 'ugly' and a 'demonical corpse'. He goes on to say that the monster 'became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived'. This description suggest that the monster is truly indescribable. Frankenstein thought that his monster would look normal, and even beautiful. ...read more.

Conclusion

Secondly, Frankenstein's account is very melodramatic, and the monsters account is more reasonable and calmly expressed, and quicker. And also the monster can actually explain how he feels, and Frankenstein can't. The monster is innocent of his surroundings and situations, examples of this are that he is not aware of danger: "In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain". He is also sensitive to his environment: "One day, when I was oppressed by cold, I found a fire...". The monster learns quickly, he finds out about cooking different foods on fire, and that dire can dry wood so that it will burn. Frankenstein calls the monster 'a wretch' and a 'demonical corpse'. The monster is not evil. The monster is venerable, defenceless, and innocent, like a baby. In my opinion, the monster kills because of how it was treated - abandoned as soon as it was brought into life, never loved, and as a result, it wanted to get back at its creator for not caring for him. It knew that Frankenstein mistreated him as he explained how it feels to come to life, not being aware of what is happening, and then to not have anybody to explain about anything, or show how to do things. It only killed to make Frankenstein aware of how he felt. ...read more.

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