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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Introduction

The original horror novel was written by Mary Shelley, the novel mirrors and reflects on parts of her life. The novel is emotionally very deep, it shows Shelley's great concern to someone being born with a disability or with sheer ugliness. When the book was published it caused a stir amongst many philosophers, scientists and its readers. They believed it was wrong for a woman to talk about such a subject. She was questioning whether people were nurtured to be corrupt or were born like that. In some ways she was asking `Does society create its own monsters? `. Mary Shelley was the daughter of an anarchist philosopher, someone who disbelieves in any form of government, and writer William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollenstonecraft who died a few days after giving birth. Someone who you would describe as a wild child, she grew up surrounded by radical-often revolutionary-people during the Napoleonic wars, a time of frequent political and civil unrest and accelerating change in society. The novel is about a young eager scientist creating life and the consequences he faces in doing so. This ambitious scientist toys with the concept of creating life. Where his outrageous experiments result in disastrous consequences, leaving him feeling resentful towards his creation. ...read more.

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It does this because it is victor who we are seeing as a monster with his actions due out the novel, while the monster try's to take a more civilised approach. Mary Shelley pulls at the reader's heart strings when she makes the monster say that he is "wretched". This makes you feel sorry for the monster because now he believes he is worthless and deserves what he gets! The monsters understanding of a creators duty to it creation, bearing in mind that the monster has fended for himself thinking about his own morals and understandings of the human life and taught himself how to speak! "How dare you sport thus with life? Do your duty towards me". Pathos is increased further by the monsters expression of disappointment in Viktor. Shelley's word of the word "duty" introduces the theme of taking responsibility for your actions. So the monster blames Viktor for not taking responsibility for him. Later on the monster compares himself to Adam "Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam". Just like Adam the monster was created by god ( creating life ) which is ironic because this is the figure which people believe Viktor is trying to idolise himself to. ...read more.

Conclusion

This triggered the thought that corpses could be re-animated. Some say the novel can be classed as a `romantic novel` Margaret Drabble defined romanticism as: ...an extreme assertion of the self and The value of individual experience... The stylistic keynote...is intensity, and its Watchword is 'imagination'. I think this suits to what we know about Mary Shelley's parents. I thought the novel is slightly complicated and takes a lot of time to understand the meanings behind it but overall a well balanced, out of the ordinary but reasonably interesting novel. It shows what people were like in that time and straight away more a less within the first few chapters I was sympathising with the monster and my feelings towards the characters matched that of what Mary Shelley was trying to get across without blatantly saying it. Well it certainly aroused a selection of scientists and philosophers when it was first published and I think still to this day it makes people think and worry about these concepts becoming reality but not to the extremes of the riots and outrages they were back in the days it was published. It shows outrageous ideas in a more meaningful way and perhaps one day it might come true. Young adults like myself slightly naive to the laws of science, a book like this fuels the imagination and makes the impossible seem possible. Loved this book. ````` ...read more.

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