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How does Mary Shelley show the thoughts and emotions of both doctor Frankenstein and the monster in the novel?

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How does Mary Shelley show the thoughts and emotions of both doctor Frankenstein and the monster in the novel? Frankenstein was written when Percy Bysshe Shelley and Byron were cooped up in a cottage on the shores of Lake Geneva with a storm raging all around. They challenged each other to write a ghost story. The party was so impressed by Mary Shelley's story that she was persuaded to turn it into a full-length novel and publish. It was written in the Victorian era and it was originally written with a preface by Percy and later was revised by Mary under her own name. It raises many issues including that of human nature, the issue of being God and the issues of life and death. With the issue of human nature, we can see how cold humans can be to those that do not look or act the same to them. With the issue of being God we see Frankenstein create this being, which in Victorian times would have been very controversial as people believed God was the only creator of human beings and a human being creating another human out of the flesh others would have been seen as being barbaric and an insult to God. Frankenstein has had a lasting impression on audiences since its publication in 1818. This continuing popularity is for many reasons. On the simplest level, Frankenstein is a novel that shows audiences there is a way to defy death, but on a deeper level, it reveals many things about human nature and emotion, which in today's world of scepticism and mis-trust is very adamant. ...read more.

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He then becomes vengeful after Elizabeth is killed and without taking into consideration the fact that, the monster is twice the size of him and can easily kill him. The monster is seen as the victim of the novel, as he feels unloved and unappreciated. He sees the fact that Frankenstein has abandoned him as his curse on society. The monster also tries to seek his place in society as he feels the people reject him because of his looks and because of his physique. He regards Frankenstein with hatred and anger, as he feels deprived of contact with others. He helps the family on the hill by getting their crops from the frozen ground, he regards as being kind and friendly, but when they hit him and leave him, and he immediately changes his emotion. The monster has a short temper, which is dangerous to people around him, and he actually acknowledges this fault when he tells Frankenstein to make him a female companion. He warns him by saying "Give me my wedding night or I shall be with you on yours" This is a foreshadow of things to come as later on in the novel we see Frankenstein actually murder Elizabeth. In my opinion, I do not think he actually means to kill her he wanted to show Frankenstein how angry he could be and how vengeful he would become if he did not have what he wanted. The monster represents the outcasts of the world; he is looked down upon because of his outside appearance. ...read more.

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She succeeds in showing Frankenstein as being the real monster in the novel, he is egotistical and does not consider his consequences. The monster is shown to be the real victim of the two, as he is gentle yet because of society giving him the cold shoulder he becomes vengeful. I feel more sympathetic towards the monster because he did not ask to be created in the first place. Frankenstein should have shown him love, as he was his creation, he should not have left him in the cold to die. People's reactions to him forced him to be vengeful as all he wanted was a companion to talk to; it is understandable that he would be angry with Frankenstein. He is not the monster in my eyes I think that Frankenstein is the real monster. Shelley was very successful in portraying her message in the novel, it makes the reader reassess the way they think about others and society. It really challenges the perceptions of society and lets us see how wrong and it sets the right tone for change in the community and human nature. Furthermore the book talks about mans desire to be God and how unsuccessful the mission is. Shelley is saying that no one can be God and therefore should not attempt it. Lastly, it talks about the need to thoroughly think about the consequences of our actions before we carry out the action. We should not rush into a project and not completely think about the implications of the project; they have good implications and bad implications. Mimi Anim-Nyame 11KL/E Mimi Anim-Nyame 11KL/E ...read more.

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