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Frankenstein Gothic Play Analysis

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Frankenstein 20% The gothic genre is presented in Philip Pullman's play adaptation of Mary Shelley's original novel, Frankenstein. The play explores setting, characterization and plot. The setting explores the time, location and events in the play; characterisation allows the readers to understand the characters traits and motivations; the plot reflects the conflict, rising action, climax and resolution used. The gothic genre is reflected through the settings and lifestyle of the 1816s. In Shelley's period, in the mid 1816, the society were undergoing a new era called the romantic era. During the romantic era men tried to create unnatural figures as anticipated in their dream life and discovering of God-like elements. This reflects Frankenstein because as a philosopher he played around with what was beyond the realm of human possibility, "It's a human hand! ...read more.


The monster was isolated from the society and annihilated. He felt lonely and just want a friend, "Friend! Friend! I will not hurt anyone. I am their friend. Friend of everyone. I give you...Not hurt anyone. Not kill, not hurt. Friend". His feeling is base on love because he just wants people to acknowledge him; he does not want to be known as a monster but as a friend. Due to the isolation and not being able to get accepted by the society, the monster grew hatred and found his way to release his suffered feeling and anger which is by killing his creator, Frankenstein close friends and family. Philip Pullman forces the readers to feel pity of The Monster and his treatments. Even though the character Agathe is blind and all, she is able to see the monster's personality and his feelings. ...read more.


As a result he killed William, Frankenstein's brother, "I found such a child...and I killed your brother". Another critical event is when Clerval destroyed the monster's bride. If he had let the bride come to life, The Monster and his bride would have run off where no men would go but because of that, the monster defines everyone as destroyer and wish to kill everyone, especially Frankenstein. In the end Frankenstein hunts The Monster down as revenge to Elizabeth death. Gothic exists throughout Frankenstein play by Philip Pullman. Frankenstein is wrong for judging the monster by his appearance. The monster wants everyone to befriend with him. He does not intend to hurt anyone but since Frankenstein took away his happiness by neglecting him, he put his anger and sadness into William. The monster is as human as everyone else but he was treated as an outsider which reflects to gothic. ...read more.

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