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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Introduction

Frankenstein Coursework The book was written in the late 19th century and Shelley has incorporated many ideas of the time into her novel. The exploration and fascination of electricity plays a major role throughout the novel at a time when people were experimenting with its uses. One particular experiment regarding electricity was that of galvanism. Galvanism was the use of electricity to give dead animals the illusion of life. This idea has been expanded upon in the novel to bring the dead to life. Jean Jaques Rousseau was a famous French philosopher of the time. He believed that all people were born good and that it was their exposure to their society which would dictate there outcome, to remain good or to become bad. This philosophy has a clear influence on Shelley's writing. At the time healthcare was poor. Deaths were frequent and many women died in childbirth, as did Shelley's mother, she caught a disease after giving birth. The death of her mother deeply affected Shelley and it is the difficulties of parent/child relationships that the novel tries to unearth. From looking at Shelley's life and her background it is easy to see how things have influenced her writing and also been incorporated into her novel. It is as though she uses her book to express herself and her feelings. Episodes from her life can often be found weaved into the story. ...read more.

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The monster did not choose to be alive, he did not want have to do what he did, he also hasn't had the chance to speak to Frankenstein. This makes the audience think that Frankenstein hasn't thought things out clearly and has allowed his hatred of the monster to disrupt his level-headedness. There are a few quotes which support this opinion in the final extract. "I am weak, but surely the spirits who assist my vengeance will endow me with sufficient strength" This quote shows how obsessed he has become to kill the monster. He believes that he is being helped by spirits, this shows that he is not thinking straight. His belief that he can kill the monster in his physical state supports this. Another quote from this extract shows how he did not care about the monster, "bound to him, to assure, as far was in my power, his happiness and well-being. This was my duty; but there was another still paramount to that. My duties towards the beings of my own species had greater claims to my attention." This quote shows that he did not regard the monster as important to him as his friends. He still is adamant that he was not in the wrong. He blames it on that he had more important things in his life. The way segregates the monster from his friends by calling his friends "my own species" shows exactly what the monster wet through. ...read more.

Conclusion

The evil which engulfs the monster is directed at Frankenstein as a result of his neglect. I believe that Shelley sympathises with Frankenstein but more with the monster. I believe that Shelley relates to the monster as she felt neglected by her mother, although she died. I believe that she structures the book in a way that portrays this. She gives the reader the most of the book to sympathise with Frankenstein and only allows a smaller part in which the reader can gain sympathy for the monster. However she believes that the monster's grief is far worse than Frankenstein's so that even less amount of time novel the reader still feels a greater amount of sympathy for the monster. I too feel compassion toward monster. I believe that someone's abuse on the grounds of their appearance is wrong. Everybody should be allowed to express themselves to others and be given the chance to be understood. I also believe that most sympathy falls to Frankenstein because it was not his fault, Frankenstein created him and also neglected him. In my opinion although the monster carried out the murders the reason he did was Frankenstein. Not only did he create him without thinking of the possible consequences he also abandoned him and this caused the monster to become evil as a result of his torment. This can be linked back to the philosophy that people were born good. The monsters experience of society has moulded him into something which causes great havoc but truly, inside, he is good. ...read more.

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