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I am going to explore the character of Victor Frankenstein in the opening chapters of the novel. Showing his ambitious, arrogant and insane side in the novel. This novel was written in the eighteenth

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English Essay on Frankenstein In this essay, I am going to explore the character of Victor Frankenstein in the opening chapters of the novel. Showing his ambitious, arrogant and insane side in the novel. This novel was written in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which was during the gothic period. During this time, gothic type of literature was very popular and prevalent because people found this very interesting. Supernatural and mystery. Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley, which is also one of the famous gothic novel in those time. Through out her background and the novel, I know Shelley would be interested in science because there was many of her family members die in her life. Therefore, I think she written this novel to express her feelings, she written Frankenstein as herself. She refers galvanism in the novel because she believes chemistry might provide the secret of life. And she written this novel to satisfied her thoughts. In the novel, I think Shelly trying to give a message to the reader through the character of victor. The message she tries to give is thinking of the consequence before do anything, which this really link to the story that Shelley's husband wrote-The Prometheus. Because they both have the same moral behind the story. Firstly, this novel is using flashback on Frankenstein's life to tell the reader. ...read more.


Shelley use gothic type of language to create a supernatural feeling for the reader. Shelley use "distinct species", "heaven-sent" to say that Elizabeth is too good to be human, she is like an angel for Victor. She really stands out and supernatural in his eyes. Also, Frankenstein wants to own Elizabeth. This can show in the end of paragraph 2 in chapter 1. " Look upon Elizabeth as mine- mine to protect, love and cherish." This shows Victor want to treat Elizabeth as an object more than a sister. He wants to own Elizabeth. From this the reader might felt he is a bit mad and demented on Elizabeth. When Victor was 17, his mum deaf really did affect Victor's view of the concept value of life. This can be show in chapter3 "She died calmly, and her countenance expressed affection even in death. I need not describe the feelings of those whose dearest ties are rent by that most irreparable evil, the void that presents itself to the soul, and the despair that is exhibited on the countenance." He use "irreparable", "despair" to expound that life can't not be repair and go back. And he also saying life is too easy to be taken. He wants to go against nature and make life reparable. He saying this because he suffers enough on his mother's deaf and he don't want other people to suffer. ...read more.


This creates an intensity of feeling to the reader, which gives a image to the reader of what the monster look like. As well as this, Shelley also tries to make the reader sympathise with the monster and show that Victor hasn't repented of his sins. Overall, from the beginning of the novel till the end, Victor change a lot and learn a lot through out his life. At the beginning, he is really ambitious and he was thirst of knowledge. Then when his mum dies he became more and more arrogant and mad. Because he want to be famous and named in the history. Therefore, he wants to found the secret of life and prevent deaf happen. After he created the monster, he realizes that is not what he wants so he didn't take any responsibility to look after his monster. But then William, Elizabeth dies because of him. He learns that he should think of the consequence before he creates the monster. He is really regretting, repent and remorseful. He knew that he was very selfish at that time. This novel really gives the reader an important moral. No matter the reader in now days or the reader in Shelley's times. In now days, many scientists try to duplicate humans and animals. But they also need to think of all the consequence before they actually doing it. Therefore, I think this moral is really momentous in these days as well. By EMILY CHAN 10B2 ...read more.

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