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GCSE coursework: pre-1914 prose study- 'Frankenstein'

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GCSE coursework: pre-1914 prose study- 'Frankenstein' A single eye opens. On the dark, damp night of November, Frankenstein's creation at last exists. Chapter 5 shows the awaking of his creation, literally his child. For so long he toiled, working towards this moment. But for what? For when the time came, only negative attitude was expressed. And so Victor deserts his "monster", plunging the creation into complete darkness, lost, lonely and unaware. Frankenstein wants nothing to do with it, but to his creation, Victor is his everything. He made him; he is his mother, his father, and ultimately his God. Although, to say that Victor is a parent is rather ironic; it's such an inhumane way of creating a living human being, such a 'masculine' form of science cannot work, it's not naturally correct to deny the feminine act of child birth. ...read more.

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Such a gentle soul never had any physical contact with the human race and therefore attaches itself to the De Lacy family. Soon developing new emotions and sensations, he gains pleasure from help the family suffering from poverty. In return, he gains a steady education, Just like a child, and with a child, his knowledge builds off the teaching of Felix De Lacey. An important factor in this is the books he reads; Plutarch's Lives, Volney's Ruins of Empire, Goethe's The Sorrows of Werther and most importantly Milton's Paradise Lost. All of them represent the idea of romantic thinking in which Mary Shelley was associated. When presenting his arguments, he quotes from one such book: "I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed" (p.77-8) ...read more.

Conclusion

With addition to being rejected by any other living person, this makes him a tragic figure. Victor was deeply self-absorbed, never once thinking of the welfare of his creation, but rather how to distance himself further from it. But, when moved by the monster's happenings, he agrees to make a female partner. But again, he abandons him for his own welfare, and will not complete his companion. After making his creation, he fears making another double of his regret. The creature denies this though, he only wishes for a companion for the rest of his days on earth. Yet roles are reversed in the heart of the novel. In the beginning, power is mostly in Victor's possession but by the time of meeting, the creature dominates, leading Victor into the wilderness of the mountains. ?? ?? ?? ?? Danielle Andre 13-10-04 ...read more.

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