• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How do things Explored by Mary Shelly's Novel Frankenstein Relate to a modern day audience?

Extracts from this document...


How do things Explored by Mary Shelly's Novel Frankenstein Relate to a modern day audience? The morals and views explored by Shelly display those of modern days in so much as how they are portrayed, and societies reaction towards these issues. In Shelly's novel 'Frankenstein', people's reactions are very similar to those of modern society. The attributes that people have to be susceptible to in society to try to avoid being an outcast are alike those of modern day society. People are still narrow-minded and na�ve to anything that is unusual or stands out of context with society. The novel is not set in a specific era of time; this is done deliberately to create a sense of mystery. Also I believe that this displays the belief of Shellys, that the opinions that were existent to anything different in Shelly's time would be existent for years to come as these are traits of society itself they are not exclusive to a period of time or a gender, just society as a whole. The Novel starts with letters from Sir Walton, to his sister; this gives us an insight into the emotions and ambitions of Walton. ...read more.


Chapter 1 Pg 37 Yet, this is somewhat subdued, and dissolves after Frankenstein's mother dies. In the same way as Frankenstein, Sir Walton has a strong, emotive, and somewhat questionably incestuous relationship with his sister, Margret, "And now dear Margret." Victor has a very similar relationship with Elizabeth, his adopted sister, "The saintly soul of Elizabeth shone like a shrine dedicated lamp in our peaceful home." Shelly exaggerates these displays of love (Especially the love between the family) to emphasise to the reader at what costs Victor is making sacrifices. With both of Victor and Walton's relationships, society has boundaries preventing their love for one another, Walton and Victor could both be condemned for there feelings as these are viewed against the "natural law." The surrealism used by Shelly creates an amount of disbelief in the audience, but will entice them further more, as all beings require recounted love from one another and the company of one another. Walton and Victor are good examples of these boundaries but even more so the creation is a perfect example, he is denied friendship, parentally love or a mate. The monster is denied these due to his physical appearance, he is discriminated against, and people jump to conclusions just because of the way he appears to others. ...read more.


People need to learn to be able to understand each other and to be able to sympathises with others actions. Especially after recent events in today's world, people can relate to the gargantuan situations that are part of today's reality with events in Shelly's book "Frankenstein," Shelly's unbelievable ability to write such a poignant and heat touching novel can still make people look back upon their actions and question their lawfulness, and whether the acted justly or not. In "Frankenstein it is hard to differentiate whether the characters love each other or are just obsessed with one another. Victor try to re-create the love between him and his mother through his and Elizabeth's relationship, I don't think that Frankenstein actually loves Elizabeth I think he is obsessed with trying to replace his mother and Elizabeth is the best person to do that. All the characters have an obsession, so milder than others but are still present, Alfonse and Victors mother are obsessive over Victor (This may be where the root of Victors obsession is created). Victors mother is also so obsessive over Elizabeth that she sacrifices herself to save Elizabeth from dying by nursing her. Ironically, as Victor is obsessive the creation is obsessive over his father (Victor). The root of the problem in this family is that they view each other as objects not breathing, thinking human beings. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. Chapter 5 of Mary Shellys' Frankenstein

    Frankenstein is dreaming and having a nightmare. 'The beauty of the dream vanished and breathless horror filled my heart,' Mary Shelly uses the word 'horror,' and 'disgust,' to emphasise Frankenstein's emotions at the time. 'Horror,' and 'disgust,' all lead to Gothicism, and when Mary Shelly uses the word 'heart,' it can mean emotion or a source of power i.e.

  2. 'The novel is a powerful examination of, challenge to, what is good and evil ...

    He does not subside in asking Walton to continue his quest after his death. 'Swear to me Walton that he shall not escape, that you will seek him and satisfy my vengeance in his death.' Yes, it is true that he reprimanded himself for creating the monster, taking his pursuit


    nearly gone out, Frankenstein saw through the dull glimmer of half-extinguished light, "I saw the full yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a violent convulsion shook its limbs." The yellow eyes and the violent shaking just shows Frankenstein how these dead body parts should not have

  2. 'Frankenstein is full of ideas and warnings which are relevant to a modern audience.' ...

    clear to the reader later, when Victor is rescued by Captain Walton and is telling his story.) Frankenstein begins being told in letters between an explorer named Captain R. Walton, corresponding to his sister Margaret Saville whilst on a voyage of discovery in the North Pole.

  1. In what ways is Shelly's novel a statement against interfering with nature?

    He had the power of a God. He never evolved. It was like he fell on earth, as an adult and therefore he had no experience of childhood. Physiologists like Freud say that you learn more in the first three years of your life than the rest of coming life.

  2. "How do the themes explored by Mary Shelley in 'Frankenstein' relate to a modern ...

    Shelley uses a high diction style of writing, which is littered with emotive adjectives to prevent it becoming stagnated and boring for the audience. The information is given to us little at a time to arouse our curiosity and make us read further into the book, where crescendos are commonly

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work