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How does Shelly keep Frankenstein outsideNormal social expectations in his creation of the creature?

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How does Shelly keep Frankenstein outside Normal social expectations in his creation of the creature? In Mary Shelley's debut novel she uses the character Frankenstein, and his failure of social expectations in his creation of his creature to criticize society on many different levels. In my opinion this was Shelley's main aim in the writing of such an original and cunning novel. Therefor the way Shelly portrays Frankenstein outside the social expectations in his creation of the creature is extremely important, in class we have looked at this issue closely and in this essay I will further explore just how Shelley does this. Shelley represents the character Frankenstein as a very poor parent. Shelly tells us about how he leaves the creature, this is his first main failure of the social expectations. It is important to take care of anything you choose to take responsibility for or create. His departure of his quarters to the streets alone is not near to being level with the social expectations towards a parent or creator. Comments such as "I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps, as if I sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the ...read more.


At one point Frankenstein almost comes clean " You are all mistaken. I know the murderer. Justine, poor, good Justine is innocent" at this point Shelly lead's the reader into the thoughts that maybe her Character is going to fulfill his responsibility's and act the way society expects him to act be honest. Alas he does not and justice proceeds on Justine. Shelley persists in representing Frankenstein as feeling genuine heartfelt remorse, " A thousand times rather would I have confessed myself guilty of the crime ascribed to Justine" but this is not as genuine as it may seem as Shelley dose not proceed to describe Frankenstein's sorry with a confession. Instead he goes on with more lies and deceits. I think Shelley meant These chain of events to be the worse behavior of Victor Frankenstein, although more people go on to die and in arguably a worse fashion, on this occasion he lies to his friends, family, the court and just about fails on every social expectation that lies upon him. Shelley explored many themes in her novel and I think one of them was whether us, as a society have to take on the responsibility of caring for and looking after those weaker or less fortunate then ourselves. ...read more.


Finally the novel spends much time on the point of abuse of science. The question is defiantly raised about humans playing god. During Frankenstein's creation of his creature he takes on the role of god trying to make life and also playing mother, reefers to the period of creation as "time spent in painful labor" and " Winter, spring and summer passed away during my labors". This is clear that he thinks of himself as the creator of life, God, and the birth giver, the mother. The fact that he dose not behave in a manor that resembles a mother and certainly not God, is bad enough. But he abuses his place in the college and his place as a trusted member of science and society. This is just yet another example of how Shelly keeps Frankenstein outside the normal social expectations in the creation of the creature. Overall Shelley has achieved what I believe to be her aim which was criticize points in society which she felt need to change I think still need to. She has done this using a variety of themes and methods in an interesting and epic story with brilliant Charactors and a strong plot. ...read more.

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