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Shellys' Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein Coursework I think that Shelly is trying to tell us that egotism and obsession are dangerous if you let them take control of your life. Also that men shouldn't try to play God by creating life. Frankenstein lets his egotism blind him so he doesn't stop to think of what the consequences creating life will have. He doesn't listen to people warning him because he thinks he is always right, but when he creates the monster and realises what he has done it is too late and the monster kills everyone he loves. While Frankenstein is creating the monster he becomes obsessed. He neglects his health and relationships to concentrate all his energy on creating the monster. Frankenstein becomes very unhealthy and people start worrying about him because he doesn't bother contacting them. Around the time this book was being written many social and scientific changes were being made. Whereas before people looked back on Greek and Roman history with disapproval and believed they were living in the final days before judgement, now they began to appreciate the ancient and look back on the middle ages as barbaric, hence the name the 'Dark' ages. Now was the time of light and the rebirth of the classics. The idea of humanism was also introduced which according to Paul Oscar Kristeller meant 'to attach the greatest importance to classical studies and to consider classical antiquity as the common standard and model by which to guide all cultural activities.' ...read more.

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Frankenstein seems equally as pleased, 'Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval'. Frankenstein describes it as 'calm, serene joy' making the reader feel instantly at ease. Frankenstein takes Clerval back to his apartment. The reader is as nervous as Frankenstein, concerned and anxious about what is to be found there. Is the monster still there? What horrors are awaiting him? The tension rises and rises until Frankenstein discovers the monster has fled. 'I could hardly believe that so great a good fortune could have befallen me' makes us very happy for him, and we sympathise with Frankenstein, as he seems to have had a run of bad luck. Our sympathy increase as we learn of how ill he is. Coincidence it may be, but as Frankenstein starts to get better, 'the fallen leaves had disappeared and the young buds were shooting forth from the trees'. This immediately sets a much more pleasant scene, not one in which a monster is likely to emerge and puts the reader at almost complete ease. Though at the end of the chapter, there is still one question that is begging to be answered; where is the monster now? This leaves the reader feeling slightly uneasy and gives a trifle tense atmosphere, but not anywhere near the extent of before. In this chapter the monster is described almost straight away, and the only view we are given of him is portrayed through Frankenstein. ...read more.

Conclusion

Isolation is the theme that links both Frankenstein and the monster, but in different ways. Frankenstein chooses to be isolated because what he is doing would not be accepted by society, however the monster was forced into it from birth, giving him no faith in the human race at all. Chapter five is really the turning point of the book, and massively important. It shows a completely different side to Victor Frankenstein. The monster, created in this chapter, is made out to be horrible and wretched due to the way he looks. The reader later on feels guilty for jumping to the wrong conclusions about the monster, appearance is not everything. It is after this chapter that we start to turn against Frankenstein and empathise with the monster instead. Shelly achieves an absolutely fantastic gothic novel. Although scary now, it would have had a different impact on the reader at the time that it was written. Hardly any novels of this kind had dared to be written before, so for a reader at that time, the novel would have seemed particularly scary. Presently there have been so many films and books produced along the same theme as 'Frankenstein' that the effect of this genre has been dulled. Also today, there are not the same pressures of religion; people are encouraged to think more freely and science has progressed to a stage where the only questions being asked are about things irrelevant to daily life. Bhavik Patel 10/7 ...read more.

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