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Frankenstein Essay

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Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus "Look at the significance of chapter five of Frankenstein to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of writer's use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical context." "This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own." - Aristotle, Greek Philosopher "The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one." - John Dryden, British poet, dramatist and critic. Never judge a book by its cover. Doing so puts you in danger of jumping to huge conclusions about something before you've even gave it a chance. Frankenstein is a prestigious gothic horror story written by British, 19th Century novelist Mary Shelley. It tells the enthralling tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, a scientist consumed by his need to find a way to preserve life, as he succeeds in creating an immortal, super strong creature using different attributes of corpses. ...read more.

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Again, Frankenstein's use of the word "wretch" is a contradiction to human life and to his own beliefs. He is out to preserve life and values it so preciously, yet he calls his amazing creature a thing. Frankenstein is thoroughly excited about his creation and is extremely happy when it lives. This happiness and excitement, however, is short lived, as almost instantly after it wakes, Frankenstein realizes that the monster he has created is in fact just that: a monster. He rejects the creature. "How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?" This quotation shows that not only does Victor immediately regret bringing the creature to life but he is also disgusted and frightened by it. This crucial chapter depicts Frankenstein in a more detailed way; we see the other side of the enthusiastic scientist who is in love with Elizabeth, his wife to be, and his outer layers peel away to reveal a man who is unable to see past appearances. It is clear in the way that he describes the creature as a "catastrophe" that although he had "selected his features as beautiful" Victor feels repulsed by it. ...read more.

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He is portrayed in more detail, as a normal being with the same thoughts, feelings and needs as every human on the planet. Yet he is stripped of his rights and condemned by everyone, most of all his 'father', Victor, to the life of a social outcast. Again, speaking of chapter five, this crucial chapter helps us to understand 19th century life in a more profound way. We learn that it was not all that different from today in regards to the appearance based society and the underlying need to mess with science and nature. It seems that since the beginning of human life we have always nosed around and meddled with thing which are way out of our power; it is in our nature to search for knowledge which we do not posses. However, 19th century life also bares enormous differences to today. For example people who were known as 'Body Snatchers' were able to get off lightly, with a mere punishment of imprisonment or fine. Nowadays it is unthinkable for a person to even attempt it. Altogether Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an educating novel which teaches us simple life rules such as not to play around with life and science, to value those things, to take responsibility for our actions and never to judge anything based on its appearance. ...read more.

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