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Frankenstein Is A Novel About The Absence Of A Nurturing Parent

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'Frankenstein Is A Novel About The Absence Of A Nurturing Parent'. Discuss. 'Frankenstein' was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1816, after a frightful and horrific nightmare of a man conceiving outside the womb. Shelley had been staying with her husband and Lord Byron on the banks of Lake Geneva. She used the influences of her own personal experiences, Milton's 'Paradise Lost', Luigi Galvanni's electrical experiments and the nightmare which occurred only a few nights before. I think that her experiences of losing her mother and having a negligent father were fundamental in developing the core of the story. When the novel was first published in 1818, it was the first example of Gothic fiction. It also got mixed reviews as society at the time was extremely religious however, the Age Of Enlightenment was just coming to an end and so science was also highly important. 'Frankenstein' is a novel about a scientist, determined to push back the boundaries of what is humanly possible, blinded by a hubristic desire for human omnipotence. ...read more.


These give a sense of the disgust which Victor straight away has for his creation and creates pathos for the monster as we see that even his father does not love or respect him. Also in this chapter, Victor says, 'his arm stretched out seemingly to detain me'. Victor sees this as an act of aggression however, it is most likely a sign to connote the being's need and love for his creator. In chapter ten, Victor faces up to his monster however, his feelings and the perspective in which he views his creation have not altered as he 'trembled with rage and horror' and was ready to engage in 'mortal combat'. He also describes his monster as, 'unearthly ugly', 'too horrible for human eyes', 'devil' and 'vile insect'. The monster however reacts in an extremely mature fashion, and in a more reasonable and rational approach than Victor himself. The monster says, 'be calm, I entreat you to hear me, before you give vent to your hatred on my devoted head'. This shows the harsh and enormously diverse duality between the monster and Victor. ...read more.


Some of these words are religious which is a recurring theme throughout the novel. Shelley contrasts the pro and antagonists, especially during belligerent scenes by portraying the monster as a calm, relaxed and modest being whereas Victor is a haughty, out-spoken and agitated. This is shown through numerous exclamation marks during Victor's dialogue and often the mention of the phrase, 'be calm' during the monster's. This shows the monster's superior maturity and wisdom which is also shown through the contrast in sentence structure of each character's discourse. Victor uses short, sharp sentences whereas the monster's vocabulary is extremely fluent, articulate and expressive. I believe that 'Frankenstein' is indeed a novel about the absence of a nurturing parent. Although it confronts many other issues for example: the consequences of the lack of a maternal figure, reciprocity and also the penalties of man rivalling God, the fact that the monster had no real parents to raise him sufficiently, is the most prominent theme of the novel and the main reason of all of his transgressions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Wesley Nash 10G 1 Miss Colclough ...read more.

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