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FRANKENSTEIN HOW IS THE MONSTER PORTTRAYED IN CHAPTERS 11 TO 16 OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NOVEL? INTRODUCTION Frankenstein is a long novel written by Mary Shelley, a 19 year old girl who created Frankenstein out of her own nightmares. Mary started writing the novel in the 19th century. Mary was born in 1797 and grew up in troubled times. Her life was a peculiar one it was filled with demons and from this life came a terrifying tale which went from generation to generation horrifying adults and children all over the world. The source of the book was Switzerland and this is where Mary was living when she wrote the book. In Switzerland life was lived in an age of rapidly increasing scientific discovery. Biology was the most crucial subject as many lives were being lost and a solution to preventing this was deeply required. With all the discoveries people built up wild imaginations about bringing the dead to life with the complex use of magnetism and electricity. As a child Mary heard of scientists going out of the laws boundaries and trying to bring in-animate substances back to life. Mary had a father who she loved and admired, his name was William Godwin and he was a brilliant philosopher. Mary's mother could not be loved by her because she passed away after Mary's birth due to a great weakness of her body. Her name was Mary Wilson who was a famous feminist. After growing up stressfully and reaching the age of 16 she met up with a young man called Percy Bish Shelley who was aged 21. She got married to him and found that he was a very serious man. After the cheerful marriage Mary remembered her nightmares and all the chronicles and legends she had heard as a child. These memories struck a chord in her imagination and it influenced Mary to write the novel. ...read more.


These quotations show how the monster came upon the discovery of how fire functioned. The monster observed a small family called the De Lacey family who lived in a small cottage in the woods. From them he learns and applies the language English, he started off by learning the most frequently used words and progressively at high speed widened his vocabulary and improved his punctuality: "I learned and applied the words, fire, milk, bread and wood". In this quotation the monster is saying that he had learned a few words which he could use and therefore he had partially fulfilled his desire of expressing himself. He could use these words to refer to objects. After learning to speak the language the monster became eager to learn more so he acquired a book called 'Volneys Ruins of Empires' and studied it in amazement and astonishment. After studying the book the monster had constructed a fluent vocabulary with complex words. After the monster was abandoned yet again by the De Lacey family his feelings spun frantically out of control and his mind turned to think in a devious way. He wanted revenge on Frankenstein and would stop at nothing until he had satisfied his need for vengeance. These conniving thoughts and feelings lead the monster to his first act of guilt, he had murdered a young boy called William Frankenstein, Victor's young brother. The monster uses cunning intelligence to divert the guilt onto Justine and implicate the murder sentence on her. The monster is also shown as highly intelligent by presenting him as a curious being, he questions about life and its purposes: "Where were my friends and relations?" and: "What was I?" These questions show that the monster has a sophisticated brain and his intelligence is great. All these ingenious thoughts and experiences display the monsters great intelligence. The monster then starts to present himself as a lonely outcast with no friends or relatives of any kind. ...read more.


In the end the monster portrays himself to be a bitter and destructive beast which was the fact due to the cruel, unjustifiable treatment he received from society and all humans. The monsters personality completely utterly transformed into one which was ignorant and which cause devastation and wreckage. Therefore the tale ended tragically with deaths and a kind and gentle monster transformed into a bitter and destructive beast. The Author of this novel Mary Shelley was initially trying to send out the message to the readers that people can go over the limit with their crazy ambitions and desires. Their ambitions might turn out to be wild and deranged, and that when a person tries to accomplish what god did and tries to play gods' role it is definitely pushing the limit. The example given of this person in this story is a scientist called Victor Frankenstein with his crazy experiment to re-animate life. Mary is also trying to say that people should never be judged by his or her looks, the inside and personality of a person is always concealed behind a locked door and to obtain the key you must give the person a chance and possibility in life. The moral is also that parents should look after their children that they have brought to life or they will run wild and feel useless and lonely, children need love and support to grow into a responsible adult. It is also shown in the story that men are made evil by the treatment they receive from the society and their family. Mary Shelley studied a lot of books by Rossesu and he said that men are born good and their nature is harmless until they have been made evil by society. Mary Shelley lived in a time of rapid scientific progress. The most crucial subject was biology and many discoveries were being made. Perhaps this novel is expressing a fear of science and its powers. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework ...read more.

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