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English Essay - Frankenstein Frankenstein was written in the 18th century by the romantic writer called Mary Shelley. The key events in this novel symbolize Mary Shelley's problems in real life, in one way or another. The novel starts with a man called Walton, who is venturing to the North Pole. On his way, he is shipwrecked and he comes across Victor Frankenstein, who is the protagonist in the book. Victor relives his story to Walton about what he did, which emphasizes the "story within a story" narrative. Frankenstein tells us about the tragic loss of his mother, which was the main issue that motivated him to give life. We also learn about the love of his life, whom is Elizabeth which he later finds out to be his half-sister. We pick up from the novel that he is inspired to create the monster although he did not have his fathers support or approval. This, in a way, motivated Frankenstein even more to create the monster, as well as trying to figure out how to bring his mother back. The monster is created but to Frankenstein's shock, he turned out to be his worst nightmare and the monster was inevitably rejected. We learn also of the monster's history and story on how he had survived the years and years of torment since his rejection by Frankenstein. ...read more.


From what I have seen in chapter five, he learns the whole theory of what the consequences would be if he does play God, or to transgress certain boundaries that are not supposed to be transgressed. She is basically making Victor look like he is the one to blame for all the death that will occur after chapter 5 because he not only created a monster, but he also rejected it so this made the monster even more disturbed so he thought he should take out his anger on anyone he sees. Victor is basically doing what Mary Shelley is doing in real life, only she is transgressing for Romanticism and Victor is transgressing for a perfect human race, which makes him the bad person because he is transgressing above everyone else. I will also say that another hidden attitude Mary Shelley has with Victor, is that she supports his ideas, even if they fail or not reach Victor's standard, she still admires his work. I think the real reason behind the rejection of the monster by Victor was to show what she faced when she was at home, being rejected when she said she wanted to be a romanticist, she did not have her fathers approval. In chapter five, some of Victor's actions surprised me, like the rejection of the monster for example. ...read more.


Mary Shelley's warning from Frankenstein to Captain Walton was that he should not over-reach like Frankenstein did because if he does, it might hurt lives rather than save them. Walton being an explorer wanted to explore new lands that no one ever did but when he told this to Frankenstein, Frankenstein told him that he could do it if he wants, but there is a risk if he does where he could hurt lives by inspiring others to explore and they might die during there exploration and that might affect so many lives in the future, and how it can also start a new form of transgression, that could relegate society. Another reason why Mary Shelley used a warning because both Frankenstein and Walton had almost the same occupation, that would require finding new things along the way, or discovering new ways of doing things such as exploring or scientific breakthroughs. The significance of Captain Walton's decision to turn home was it gave the creature the sense of belonging. When Frankenstein died, the creature knew that he had no more purpose in living anymore, so he decided to stay with him and die, and Captain Walton instead of saving him knew what he had to do and decided that for the best, he should leave him there. He also did it out of respect because he knew that a child would want to die next to their parents so he left him be with Frankenstein. ...read more.

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