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"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly is about a man's desire to challenge death and to create life but he finds that the thing he craves only would bring him grief and he soon reconsiders what he had asked for.

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Frankenstein "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly is about a man's desire to challenge death and to create life but he finds that the thing he craves only would bring him grief and he soon reconsiders what he had asked for. At the start of the story Frankenstein thought that the monster he creates would be helpful to mankind but after the monster had come to life he talks about 2 years of his life with no rest o concern about his health and al he could create was a body of nothing and that it was a total disaster and a catastrophe. When he was creating the monster he thought that he was creating a thing of beauty because he thought he had used parts, which would have made it beautiful, but after it was created he states " Beautiful!!...Great god". This shows that he was being sarcastic and shocked at the way the monster turned out and that it was the complete opposite. It shows his anger and outrage at the monster's face, which was all yellow with its veins sticking out and dried up cheeks. The setting at the moment of creation is a dark place with the equipment scattered every were and the rain shows that Mary Shelley was trying to give the impression to the reader that something bad was going to happen. So the whole scene openes with a dismal atmosphere. ...read more.

Middle

When Frankenstein sees the monster he quotes " I was troubled: a mist came over my eyes, and I felt faintness seize me". This shows how Frankenstein feels the urge to faint after seeing the monster maybe shown to show the fear that Frankenstein has when he sees the monster. This also shows how incapable he is of facing up to what he has done. " I trembled with rage and horror, resolving to wait his approach, and then close with him in mortal combat" This shows how unrealistic he is as he plans to have a fight to the death with a creature he cannot face. He then goes to a degree of rampaging with his rage for the monster "Devil" "Do you approach me? And do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head? Be gone, vile insect!" This shows the enragement that was in him. "All men hate the wretched: how then must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us" The language that the monster uses shows how the creature is more human and has more control over his feelings. The monster says " Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and rest of mankind" This shows how the monster is asking for a father like figure from Frankenstein. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that maybe Frankenstein was scared of the monster and maybe in the back of his mind was thinking the creature was going to do something to Elizabeth and so was trying to avoid getting himself killed. Maybe it shows that he was a coward and didn't want to stay and maybe try and protect Elizabeth from the monster. Near the end Walton seems to see the creature as indescribable, he struggles to find words to describe him but manages to state that the creature is "gigantic in structure, yet uncouth and distorted in its proportions." Mary Shelly makes us think of different viewpoints of the creature and the reason that she included this scene was to maybe give us another viewpoint of the creature. She perhaps includes the scene with Walton and the monster to validate the story. In conclusion I think that Mary Shelly in this novel is trying to emphasise the point that no person should mess with nature as the consequences could be dear and that also we shouldn't try and play God by creating life or making something that we have no idea about and what the consequences there could be in actually creating it. I think that for a modern audience the text would not be frightening but it could actually make people believe not to mess with nature or ever try and create anything as to play God however an audience at the time it was written, time that scientific discoveries were being made, would be greatly affected by the novel. By Ahilan Shandrakopal :) ...read more.

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