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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - how does Mary Shelly show the thoughts and emotions of both Doctor Frankenstein and the monster in the novel?

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Pre-1914 LITERATURE MARY SHELLEY - 'FRANKENSTEIN' 'HOW DOES MARY SHELLEY SHOW THE THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS OF BOTH DOCTOR FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER IN THE NOVEL? Mary Shelley's Frankenstein blends Gothic horror and romance it's a novel full of tragedy. I think Mary Shelley wrote this novel to reveal the terrifying consequences of playing God. The time the novel was written in was 1818, and because of this certain time it was written it arises so many issues such as how people were never used to change and how much little knowledge they had that caused them to react without thought or understanding. The book has different appeals to its audience over the centuries because over the years more unusual things became known to the world and as the years went past audiences had more understanding and had a more positive attitude to the book. In the 1800's people did not know as much as we do now so they would have a different viewpoint and understanding to the book, because in them days being different and having your own views was seen as a crime. Well as in the world today we have more knowledge and we find it easier to accept difference, for example in those days if a child was disabled they would see it as evil but nowadays its a gift. Frankenstein had a different personality than his creation but together they were similar in a way both tender-hearted and gentle in nature but both were unable to show these emotions towards each other. ...read more.


This is because Shelley did not only base her book on fantasies but also the facts of the people in them days because there was a lot of negativity in them times. Unknown events and changes were not excepted or accepted. The society at the time had many expectations they were not welcoming, they were blunt, selfish, not educated and biased. The society was not open to new things what they were known to, was enough for them. Unless someone of a higher authority had an opinion in something new they would not accept. Shelley hoped to portray that even though Frankenstein was born as a baby his creation was born in the same way by blood and water just like a baby. Even though one was known as a human they both shared the same things, they both seeked for the same things in life. They may have had different characteristics but they were similar in a way. I think Shelley wanted to open her audience's eyes and show them that human cannot take the role of God and not carry out his full responsibilities. Even though the monster features were dismantled and he was hideous he was the same as his father, when hurt he seeked for revenge just as Frankenstein, but if Frankenstein just accepted his baby he would not have lost but gained a lot more. Frankenstein and the monster both reacted on fear and in the end it brought them together even though it may have been to late. ...read more.


He was encouraged to hope that his present attempts would at least lay the foundations of future success. Nor could Frankenstein consider 'magnitude' and 'complexity' of his plan as any argument of its 'impracticability'. It was with these feelings Frankenstein began the creation of his human being. He had so much determination; no one could stop him his feelings about going through with his dream was not changeable. 'A new species would bless me as its creator' When the creature was finally completed Frankenstein had realised what he had created, but because of fear and shock, he felt devastated he felt disappointed and digested with himself and the being that stood there before his very own eyes. 'By my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow'. Frankenstein creates his monster by assembling parts of dead bodies and activating the creature with electricity. The monster, which has no name in the book, is actually a gentle, intelligent creature. However, everyone fears and mistreats him because of his hideous appearance. Frankenstein rejects the monster and refuses to create a mate for him. The monster's terrible loneliness drives him to seek revenge by murdering Frankenstein's wife, brother, and best friend. Frankenstein dies while trying to track down and kill the monster, who disappears into the Arctic at the end of the novel. The monster felt confused and ...read more.

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