• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Over View of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Over View: The story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is about a man who created something that messes with nature, and nature came back to mess with him because nature is more powerful than man. Victor Frankenstein was very interested in natural philosophy and chemistry and basically tried to play G-d by creating life. When he found the secret of activating dead flesh, he created a superhuman being composed of rotted corpses. What he did was considered unthinkable, and he was haunted by his own creation. When the monster escaped, Frankenstein knew that he had to deal with the consequences of what the monster might do. Frankenstein received a letter one day which informed him of his younger brother William's murder, and immediately suspected that he was responsible, for he was the creator of the hideous monster. A friend of the family named Justine Moritz was the "presumed" murderer, and Frankenstein was determined to prove her innocent. Circumstantial evidence, however, led the courts to believe Justine guilty, because found in her pocket was a photograph which had belonged to William. Justine had been put to death, and Frankenstein had yet to find his creation. ...read more.

Middle

If he had taken the time to analyze his own feelings, he could have avoided such a huge conflict that arose from him feeling the way he did. Shelley incorporates the theme of loneliness in this way to teach audiences that one can be satisfied as long as they allow them self to be. If Frankenstein had allowed his self to be happy with whom and what he had in life before creating his creature, many problems that developed in the story may have easily been avoided. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley also uses the character, Frankenstein's creature to convey another form of loneliness that allows readers to further understand this character. The creature's loneliness causes him to perform horrible actions such as murder, because he too desires a companion. In order to obtain this companion, the creature continues to kill whom ever it comes in contact with until he comes in contact with Frankenstein himself, so that he can demand that the doctor create a mate for this creature. Although this creature seems to be a victim of his own ignorance, he does express human emotions and feels as if his troubles will also be over when he gets a companion. ...read more.

Conclusion

"...and tell me why should I pity man more than he pities me?" the creature asks Frankenstein. "Shall I respect man when he contemns [sic] me?" (122) The creature is not a monster in his own eyes; he is behaving rationally given the treatment he has received. If he were taught a better way to act, he would almost certainly behave in that way. The monster is not born a monster, his ugliness notwithstanding; he becomes one because society behaves monstrously towards him. Frankenstein, on the other hand, has lived within society and is expected to have certain morals. Among these should include parental responsibility, an obligation to care for the being to whom he has given life. No matter how repulsive his "child" is to look at, he should love and care for it. Not to do so is to behave like a monster. Although the creature does things which are horrifying, he is much less monstrous than Frankenstein, who acts with indifference to society and hatred towards his creation. While the creature cannot be without blame for the deaths of Frankenstein's family, it was Frankenstein who brought it about through his monstrous treatment of the creature. It is actions that reveal if one is truly a monster, and Victor Frankenstein's selfishness and lack of compassion definitely place him in that category. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. In your view, how do you think that Mary Shelleywanted her readers to respond ...

    Frankenstein's mother's death traumatizes him greatly, subsequently leading to his obsession with life and death. The similar life and personality traits between the character of Frankenstein, and Mary Shelley herself, may not have been intentional, but are certainly recognizable. This makes Frankenstein a complex character.

  2. In your view how do you think Mary Shelley wanted her readers to respond ...

    Walton sees Frankenstein as a companion equal in ambitions. Walton confides his dream with Frankensteien although he responds in dismay, as it was an ambition and a dream, which drove Frankenstein to near destruction. On the way Walton saw a being of gigantic proportions.

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - With reference to chapters 11-16, describe the development and ...

    In turn the monster then provides for the reader a history of his life and the inner most embedded narrative begins. The monster begins his tale with an account of his initial confusion after Victor had brought him into existence in an alien world and abandoned him.

  2. How does Mary Shelley show the thoughts and emotions of both doctor Frankenstein and ...

    On the other hand, the monster is seen to be the one that is pitied and needing affection. He has been created and been left out to die. In addition, the humans that he has met have been cold and physically abusive towards him.

  1. What does Mary Shelley reveal about human relationships and society in Frankenstein?

    The creature is left on its own to fend for its self, without no parents to teach him. His first experience is when he finds shelter in a forest, he wakes in the night. Cold, alone and cries. This makes us the reader feel pity for him.

  2. How is Frankenstein a critique of the society Mary Shelley lived in, and what ...

    change, as it is a normal part of society and human nature. Shelley shows her disgust at this harsh treatment through the monster's feelings, which are shared with Victor later on in the book, and it is as if the author is pouring out her emotions, rather than the monster's.

  1. Compare The Treatment Of Outsiders In Frankenstein - Mary Shelley and The Outsiders - ...

    The whole story is told in 1st person by 3 different narratives that are Frankenstein, the Monster and the Captain. The book is set in the late 18th century and all the characters in the story are of upper class.

  2. Who, in your opinion, is the real monster of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. Is it ...

    After commencing his quest in Ingolstadt, it is soon made clear to the reader that he is heavily involved in his work. His fascination in what he was doing was "...so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst I was yet engaged in my laboratory."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work