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How does Mary Shelley present Frankenstein the monster and what do we find out about fears of scientific progress in her lifetime?

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FRANKENSTEIN ESSAY How does Mary Shelley present Frankenstein the monster and what do we find out about fears of scientific progress in her lifetime? 'Frankenstein' was written in 1812 by a woman called Mary Shelley, at the age of 19, this shows that she is very intelligent because to write such a novel with so much understanding at a very young age shows that she was a dedicated female author who studied very hard. At first when I heard of the novel 'Frankenstein' I straight away thought without any doubt that it was a man who wrote this novel, because firstly it was a horror story so that instantly clicked in my mind to think that it was a man but I was very shocked to find out that the author of the novel was actually a women. This seemed very unusual to me because firstly at that time female authors were less well thought of than male authors and also even if female writers wrote books you would expect them to be all flowery and cosy type but for a women to write a novel with such imagination, creativity and devilish thoughts seemed very unusual with the basic fact that she was a women. This again showed that she was very intelligent. She also didn't put her name on the book for 13 years, this was because of the fact that mentioned earlier about female writers being less thought of than male writers. I believe that she done this because during that time there might have been a lot of sexism and she believed that if she put her name on the book than a lot of people may not have bought it because she was a female and when she did put her name on the book I am sure that a lot of people were shocked to hear that it was written by a women. ...read more.

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We start to feel sorry for the monster when he discovers that he is nothing like other people and that he is completely different to them in looks, height and strength. At this point we feel sorry for him because he talks about how his going to present himself to the cottagers. Frankenstein the monster says: 'their grace, beauty and delicate complexions, but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool!' We also feel sorry for him because he know comes across as being an intelligent person but he will not be able to use his blessed human side to him because people will judge him by his looks. Frankenstein the monster also has emotions and feelings for example when he says: 'No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses' At this point we feel especially sorry for him because all of us grew up with fathers who watched us grow up and mothers who took care of us; he didn't have either. The monster starts to become evil after all the misery and hurt he suffers. This suffering starts with the peasants who beat him and threw stones and other missiles at him. Victor Frankenstein's reaction to the monster affects him because the monster knows that his own creator has run away from him. Later on when he hides himself in a hovel near the cottagers he learns how to talk, use tools and read by observing the cottagers. The monster starts to regard the Delacey family as his own family even though the cottagers have never seen him. But how wrong the monster was because when he shows himself to the cottagers, Felix starts beating it. This was probably the biggest turning point where the monster's mind starts to feel that he is never going to be accepted. The monster says: 'I could have torn him limb from limb as the lion rends the antelope' also 'my heart sank with ...read more.

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Both learnt that to think before you act is of paramount importance. The final message Mary Shelley has for the readers about scientific experiment is not to get too ambitious and don't go beyond the boundaries like Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein had. When Mary Shelly wrote this novel scientists were discussing the possibility of bringing the dead back to life. In my opinion I believe that Mary Shelley's poem today is very relevant because it is warning people that bringing the dead back to life or creating life it totally wrong and also you don't know how the creation will turn out to be. Another reason why this novel is relevant today is because there is a lot of talk about human cloning and the novel is just reminding those who think that it is right is that you never know how that human clone will turn out to be and you never know you could even create the next Frankenstein the monster. In my opinion I believe that creating life is totally wrong because first you don't know how the creation will come out and also the religious view which is that life is sacred and only god has the right to give and take away life, and who ever goes against this is like they are competing against God. I also believe that human cloning is wrong because in today's society technology is ever more getting increasing and getting better and people are getting more and more suspicious about whether or not you can create life and this could lead people to go and try it, for example scientist have already cloned a sheep and by doing this they are encouraging cloning and I believe this is totally wrong. So basically the simple message is creating and giving life is wrong and if are going to go and do something like that then be very careful and think of all the consequences and possibilities before you set out to do it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sasha Jones 1 ...read more.

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