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To what extent is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein a tale of struggle between good and evil?

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Year 11 GCSE English/English Literature Coursework To what extent is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein a tale of struggle between good and evil? Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein was significantly influenced by the book she had recently read; Emile by Rousseau. In his book there was a quotation that seems highly relevant, it was. "A man abandoned to himself in the midst of other men from birth would be the most disfigured of all" I believe that this was the catalyst which led her to write Frankenstein. This quotation links back to my original question. That the monster was not born evil but when a human being is brought into the world without family or friends but with just other men, one is going to become evil when is treated badly. Many people have different perceptions of the novel, that the battle between good and evil may be between Frankenstein as his creation or that the battle may be inside the two main characters. In the beginning we (the readers) believe that Victor Frankenstein is correct about his view of the monster being evil. ...read more.


Victor is determined to look after Elizabeth and to create life whereas the monster is determined to learn. When the creature stays in the hovel of the De Lacey's it is apparent to us that he is not evil. It is helping the family and does want no acknowledgment for his good deeds; I personally consider that this is very benevolent. The creature really wanted to have the ability of making people laugh, cry, smile and sad. "This was indeed a godlike science, and I ardently desired to become acquainted with it," This evidently proves that he desires to learn how to communicate. I think that the monster becomes 'evil' because he is heavily mistreated as he was left alone from birth or creation; this goes back to the quotation from Emile. Also when Frankenstein is put in the same position he starts to do evil things when his family dies. The monster cleverly kills his family in revenge and makes sure that Victor is left alone just so that he can see how isolated one feels when they have no one. ...read more.


"I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open..." This was the first time that he saw the creature, the creature that he put so much time and effort into creating. "His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected His features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God!" Now Frankenstein is going through a state of confusion. "His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles..." he describes his skin as yellow, which gives me the impression that he is murky and dingy. Mary Shelley uses very descriptive language, which is very effective it gives us (the readers) a clear concise idea of Victor's views of the monster. In conclusion I feel that the monster was born good but because the atrocities of his creator it turned it into an evil creature, which proves that the statement is, true that "Nurture over nature," decides what kind of upbringing somebody has. As well I think that Victor is the evil one, he had a fantastic upbringing and parenting so we would have thought that he would share his good parenting on his "son". He is so shallow that he immediately disregards it because of his exterior. Chris De Souza 11c ...read more.

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