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How does Mary Shelley present the creature in "Frankenstein"?

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Becki Miller How does Mary Shelley present the creature in "Frankenstein" When people hear the word "Frankenstein" they automatically think of a huge monster with a bolt through its neck and a green tinge to its skin, infact this is not the case. "His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great god! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips." As a society we grasp at the image of evil and use stereotypical views of this and instinctively think of the classic clich�d characters such as the Grim Reaper and the Devil. Frankenstein is also thought of in this way. When you see children dressed up at Halloween there is always a Frankenstein amongst the witches and the devils. When Mary Shelly was challenged by Lord Byron to write a ghost story it took her a long time to come up with an idea, although when she did write Frankenstein I don't think she intended him to be seen as evil. ...read more.


Before he created the monster Victor did a lot of things in preparation. He spent a lot of time at charnel houses and in graveyards selecting immaculate body parts for his creation, but towards the end of the preparation he begins to regret spending so much time on the creation "Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave or tortured the living animal to animate lifeless clay?" He had become so wrapped up in it that he has denied himself a life of his own in order to bring life to dead matter. "For this I had deprived myself of rest and health" During his time spent on creating his monster he practically loses all contact with his family and the only friend he speaks to is Henry Clerval I think that the fact that he lost touch with his family just reiterates the issue of just how wrapped up in it he was. When the monster is finally brought to life the scene that Mary Shelley sets is one of great atmosphere and you are eager of what is coming next and yet almost expectant of what is going to happen "It was on a dreary night of ...read more.


He uses words such as daemon, wretch and fiend to insult the thing that he created. He used these terms towards the monster before he killed and perhaps his aggression towards him is part of the reason that the monster felt he needed to have revenge on his creator. When Victor is telling his story to Robert Walton the way that he describes the creature causes him to feel the same way as Victor about him as Victor is telling the story from his point of view, because obviously he cant see any reasoning for the monsters point of view and he wants Robert Walton to feel sorry for him. I think that by the end the reader is supposed to view the creature from both points of view the good side of him and the bad side. Was Mary Shelley simply writing of the nightmare she had on lake Geneva or was she writing about the fears she had about childbirth. Frankenstein can be viewed in many ways for example a reflection of Mary's fears of having a deformed child or a child she couldn't love or a indication of her worries of scientific research going too far. ...read more.

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