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Frankenstein first published in 1818 was written by Mary Shelley. She wrote this book because she was staying in a house on lake Geneva, in Switzerland

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Frankenstein Frankenstein first published in 1818 was written by Mary Shelley. She wrote this book because she was staying in a house on lake Geneva, in Switzerland with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, lord Byron and Polidori, a doctor. One night they decided to have a horror story contest, they all came up with a story except Mary who couldn't. That night when Mary went to sleep she dreamt that there was a scientist who had created a monster and then the scientist realised it was a mistake. Mary wondered if she could make up a story that would terrify readers as much as her dream had terrified her, then it came to her, she would write a story like her dream. This is why Frankenstein was written and why it is still read all over the world today. Around the time Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein many scientists were trying to bring dead tissue back to life and searching for the elixir of life. Scientists such as Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather of Charles Darwin, Humphrey Davy and Luigi Galvani were trying to improve and pro-long life. One doctor made it look like he had brought dead tissue back to life by letting electricity flow through it causing it to twitch. Today a monster is thought of as a dragon or any other fairy tale like creatures. ...read more.

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According to the creature himself, after Frankenstein had ran off and left him in his lab, the creature fled and took some of Frankenstein's clothes. Frankenstein doesn't give the creature a change to show what he's really like, he judges a book by it's cover. The creature walks around looking for somewhere to stay, but when he arrives at a village he is driven away by angry villagers who think he is going to harm them. The creature wonders why he is is not accepted anywhere he goes and why he is beaten away. Then soon after he looks at his reflection in a pond and finds that he looks ugly and realises why people do not welcome him. Furthermore he also learns the good and bad things about fire and how it can keep you warm and cook food but also how it can seriously harm you. He teaches himself to speak and read when he lives in a barn of a blind man and a brother and sister, who get a visit from Felix, who is the daughter of one of the blind man's friend. Felix doesn't speak English so is taught by the brother and sister, whilst they are teaching Felix, the creature is observing them and teaching himself. This shows that the creature is quite intelligent because he is able to teach himself things that are usually taught by parents. ...read more.

Conclusion

These range from creating the creature in the first place to abandoning it before had a chance to show it's true colours. Moreover the main reason the craeture was portrayed as a monster was that Frankenstein never told anyone about his creation, but if he had it could have stopped Justine being hung and William being murdered, Elizabeth being so worried about him and then Elizabeth being strangled. These are all the reasons why Frankenstein could be considered a monster. In conclusion I feel although the creature kills three people and frames Justine as well as burning down a cottage, Frankenstein is the real monster because he forces the creature to face the world by himself. If Frankenstein had just let the creature learn off him how to talk, walk and be human then he would have learnt the diffenece between good and bad. Basically it was Frankenstein's fault for the death of four people, two of which were his own family and oned his family's close friend. The story of Frankenstein is similar to modern society, today people are having plastic surgery to slow down the natural aging process, which is what many scientists were trying to find by searching for the elixir of life which would also stop the aging process. The fact that Frankenstein made a creature in the story is the same as scientists today trying to clone from cells which eventually means they could clone humans. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stuart Hardy B10C ...read more.

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