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How does Mary Shelley present Frankenstein's monster and what is her message to readers? In this essay I shall be answering the question on how Mary Shelley present Frankenstein's monster and what is her message to readers?' I will also explore the irrational fears that existed, about the progress of science and scientific technology, in the 1800s and how they are addressed in the novel. I will conclude with a personal comment on Shelley's portrayal of the creature and scientific progress. 'Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus' was written by Mary Shelley in the early 19th century. At that time it was very unusual for women to write and even more so because she was only 19 years of age. At this time there were many ambitious scientists. These new scientists were eager to research things they had not researched before. She first published the book anonymously in 1818 when critics hailed it as the work of a genius and were very much surprised when they found out that a woman had written it. This was also how initially reacted. Many scientific advances took place in the 18th and 19th centuries such as the invention of the lightning conductor, and the creation of the first prototype electric battery. In some ways, the creation of the creature by Frankenstein shows the dangers of humans trying to overreach their potential with scientific research and knowledge. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious Swiss university student, dedicates his entire life to trying to create life. Nonetheless, when he succeeds, the ugliness and repulsiveness of the creature forces Frankenstein to reject it. The creature faces a life of solitude and loneliness and society rejects him even when it tries to help. This leads to the death of Frankenstein's brother, William, whom the creature kills, and the servant, Justine, is hung after being found guilty of the crime. Frankenstein then incurs the wrath of the creature by making a mate for it and then destroying it. ...read more.

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The fact that he does not attack the villagers proves that the creature is not violent at this point in the story. Frankenstein, the monster, then runs and hides in this hovel, and reflects on how he has been treated. He feels 'miserable' due to the 'barbarity of man'. At this point you can't really call the creature 'a monster' because he is doing nothing to harm mankind; in fact it is the other way round. He has feelings and emotions like humans because he's upset about how people are acting towards him. He is drawn to civilisation, but the civilised world rejects him on the basis of his alien appearance. He finds a low hovel, adjoined to a cottage belonging to the De Lacey family, and makes this his home. From watching the De Lacey family, he learns more about emotion, more about love. Frankenstein, the creature, settles o a cottage where Felix a young man, his father and sister Agatha live. At first he steals food for his 'own consumption'. But by doing this he knew it 'inflicted pain on the cottagers'. This also shows the monster is intelligent because he can understand. So he satisfies himself with 'berries, nuts, and roots', which he gathered 'from a neighboring wood'. The monster also learns because he took the tools from the old man and learnt how to use them and 'brought home firing sufficient for the consumption of several days'. This also shows the creature's generosity. At his stay near the cottagers he also learns how to speak due to Felix's Arabian girlfriend, Safie, learning how to speak English through Agatha and Felix teaching her. So, Frankenstein the monster, has feelings: he is generous, he can learn, and now he can speak English. With all these characteristics he is less like a monster but more and more like a human. Then he looks at the cottagers admiring 'the perfect forms...--their gracer beauty, and delicate complexions'. He then thinks he might look like them. ...read more.

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Frankenstein the monster then wins back the sympathy of the audience by understanding what be has done and says 'crime has degraded me beneath the meanest animal'. He also says that: "I am alone" We feel sorry for the monster because he has now got no one. My finally impression of Frankenstein the monster would be a victim who has been driven into becoming a villain by the reaction and behavior of people around him. The monster being abandoned by his creator played a big part in the monster turning evil. The monster was doing good things for people and they repaid him by harming him. But he still did good things and at a point he became a hero by saving a girl's life. He committed his first murder of a human when he was introduced to the Frankenstein's brother. From them on his status in the audience's eyes go down hill. He had becomes hated. Mary Shelley's main message of the novel is that you shouldn't be over ambitious. Mary Shelley is trying to tell people that scientific experiments should not to be used to play with nature. Nature should be left alone because the consequences may be disastrous, as shown by Frankenstein's experiment. I think that the novel is still important today because of all the experiments being carried out in the 21st century such as cloning, genetically modified food, designer babies and so on scientist, should take a deep breath and reflect on this novel. They should question themselves if they are doing the same mistake as Victor Frankenstein, of being over ambitious. Today's scientists are still in the early days of their research and should seriously consider the consequences of what they are about to create. Through reading the novel I also learn that you should never judge a person just by looking at them. This was the obvious mistake that the humans made when they saw Frankenstein the monster. ?? ?? ?? ?? Name: Abdul Odud Roll number: 5115 English Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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