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How does Mary Shelley explore the different meanings of 'Monstrous' in the text 'Frankenstein'?

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How does Mary Shelley explore the different meanings of 'Monstrous' in the text 'Frankenstein'? In the 19th century, Mary Shelley wrote the text 'Frankenstein'. Many different themes are explored in this text; one of the main themes was 'Monstrous'. In this book a doctor named 'Victor Frankenstein' makes a being out of different body parts he had stolen from graveyards. Mary Shelly came up with the basic idea of the book from a dream, but this was then developed into a story when she was challenged by 'lord Byran' to write a ghost story while she had gone to visit Lord Byran's villa. The outline of the story was parallel to her own life, as in her own life, Mary Shelley has seen a lot of deaths; Mary Shelley's Mother died giving birth to her; Mary Shelley lost two of her children after being born; she also lost her husband 'Percy Shelley' who was a poet, and the book 'Frankenstein was originally published under his name as women were not allowed to publish books, this is because this didn't go along with the women's role, women were expected ...read more.


Therefore Victor Frankenstein is the real monster as if had taken care of his responsibility and shown a little sympathy for his own creation all of this could've been avoided. Another way in which Mary Shelley explores the meaning of 'Monstrous' in the text 'Frankenstein' is: 'Is the creation the real monster?' "I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet." This shows how brutal the creation was in killing Victor Frankenstein's innocent little brother, William Frankenstein. "... horror of that countenance." This shows how hideous the creation is; also the creation is described worse than the son of the devil, 'Dante'. Therefore the creation is the real monster as he is so brutal and so hideous. The society of Geneva has also been used to explore the meaning of 'Monstrous' in the text Frankenstein. "... he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick." This shows that when De Lacey, the old man whose house the creation took refuge in to rest, didn't know that the person who was in his house was so repulsive, he ...read more.


see what the creation was, how he got here, his intentions, but they just saw what he looked liked from the outside and ran from him instead of getting to know him for what he was from the inside. I believe that Victor Frankenstein is the real monster as, if he hadn't abandoned his responsibility, ay of this wouldn't have happened, but I don't blame him for curiosity and ambition to find out about science, he was doing everything right but for the wrong purpose; he should have been finding a way to bring back life to tissues to help mankind develop, he cannot be called monstrous for that, as just recently the doctors had carried out a face transplant to a woman whose face had been bitten by a dog, these doctors had also brought the tissues back to life to replace it, the only reason Victor Frankenstein could be called Monstrous is for using it for the wrong intentions. Overall Mary Shelley uses a lot of different ways to explore the meaning of 'Monstrous' but the main way in which she does this is though Victor Frankenstein. ...read more.

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