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Looking Closely at Chapter 5, how successfully Does Mary Shelley Use the Gothic Genre in her novel Frankenstein, "A Modern Prometheus".

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Looking Closely at Chapter 5, how successfully Does Mary Shelley Use the Gothic Genre in her novel Frankenstein, "A Modern Prometheus", By David Blick In the novel of Frankenstein - The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley chooses to use the gothic genre as it reflects many of her past experiences, and in some cases, flaws in her upbringing. The plot of Frankenstein reflects Mary Shelley's past experiences as many essential elements can be extracted from the storyline such as; Mary Shelley herself was a motherless child, as her mother, feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft died 9 days after Mary's Birth from Puerperal fever. Written and Internet sources show that Mary's beloved father William Godwin became absent, as he was unable to cope with raising children, little Mary as well as Mary Wollstonecraft's other daughter, Fanny Emlay. Mary then fell in love with Percy Bysshe Shelley who was a university student who, at the time was conducting wild experiments and Mary Shelly once told of how she dreamed of the replenishment of a dead child, this child was Mary's own child, a daughter, who was born prematurely, who subsequently died shortly after birth in 1815. The Story of Frankenstein was created on a summer holiday as a sophisticated group of friends gathered in Geneva. This group of intellects included Mary and her husband Percy Shelley, a close friend of the Shelley's - Lord Byron, his friend, Joseph Pollidori, and Mary's stepsister Claire Clairmont. ...read more.

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The feeling of sympathy for the creature is carried on through various versions and interpretations of "A Modern Prometheus", for example, where the plot of "Frankenstein" was written in with that of Dracula, The Wolf-man, and Van Helsing in the 2004 movie "Van Helsing", the film is very literally-incorrect about the plot of "Frankenstein", and in some ways it is almost blasphemous that Shelley's work has been changed, but with the film "Van Helsing", I must agree with the opinions of Hugh Jackman, when he says that "evil created it, but evil does not rule it", therefore I fell a deeper sense of sympathy for the creature. Absent Mother Mary Shelly's childhood was very traumatic from the very beginning, Imagine this...her mother dying 10 days after she was born, her father rejecting her as he could not cope with the responsibility of raising his own children, so she was left nearly enough alone in the world. These events reflect clearly in Mary Shelly's novel of Frankenstein - A Modern Prometheus as soon after Dr. Victor Frankenstein animates the image of ultimate evil, he rejects it, and the monster has to fend for itself. The creature has no genetic mother or father, and naturally Dr. Frankenstein should take on these roles unconditionally, but after seeing the monsters hideous face he is disgusted with himself and realises the madness that he has allowed himself to become involved with. ...read more.

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The other in the story of Frankenstein - "A Modern Prometheus", is obviously Frankenstein's Creature, and it is hard to imagine that something so evil could ever be created, and it would be impossible for the monster to be a "normal" human being otherwise it would not be other worldly. Mary Shelly makes good use of the female Gothic in her novel as she rarely gives a definitive description of the monster, thus allowing the reader to make his or her own interpretation of the monster. The metaphorical significance of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is also important as it was written at the time of the beginning of the industrial revolution and its destructive effects are seen throughout the novel in the form of the Monster, as it is, in my opinion a personification of the Industrial Revolution, as something seen as so evil and so unstoppable can prevail. The industrial revolution destroyed the countryside, wildlife, traditions, jobs, families, communities, whole towns where lost to the massing number of factories and workshops popping up all over Britain, many saw this as a money making opportunity, but for those whom did not benefit for the Industrial Revolution it is hard to imagine how one can see any good coming out of it. Once started the Industrial Revolution could not be stopped, and in Dr. Victor Frankenstein assembling his body bits and giving it unstoppable and immortal life, he mirrors what many people thought of the Industrial Revolution at the time of publication. ...read more.

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