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What do chapters 2, 3,4,5,9 and 10 reveal about Mary Shelley's attitude to knowledge?

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AQA G.C.S.E. Pre 1914 Prose Study 'Frankenstein' Mary Shelley Coursework Assignment What do chapters 2, 3,4,5,9 and 10 reveal about Mary Shelley's attitude to knowledge? Mary Shelley is a gothic writer, who (through this novel 'Frankenstein') has been able to create a hybrid form of gothic literature, a gothic/horror genre which allows Shelley to convey a more realistic terror, one that resides within the psyche instead of a form outside , an example would be Ghosts. Her knowledge on different subjects allows her to create a realistic world in the novel, possibly even criticising her own husband Percy Shelley, who searched for knowledge and in doing so became egotistical and self obsessed like a true romantic just like Frankenstein and other romantic characters like him. Shelley was always surrounded by intelligent people, which were mainly her father and his inner circle that also included her husband. These people encouraged Shelley to educate herself and develop her own opinions. Shelley found the gothic genre a perfect place in which she could air her thoughts, such as a critical view of certain powers in her society and imply things about the industrial revolution through subtle remarks in the novel. The novel itself was a product of Shelley taking up a challenge to write a ghost story, which was her chance to give a dire warning to society (through the didactic tone throughout the novel) ...read more.


This quote is Frankenstein in hindsight looking at his creature and realising his folly. The use of the words "Great God!" show that his wisdom was of no use. Even though his professors didn't really guide Frankenstein in the right way, Frankenstein still follows there wisdom to folly, in the creation of the monster. Shelley highlights clearly in the text the flaw in education several times in the novel, this may suggest Shelley's own critical view on her education as she, like Frankenstein had to educate himself as his father gave him no direction. Because this lack of direction Frankenstein rebels,( just like Shelley when she was sent to Dublin she rebelled with her future husband Percy Shelley, they ran off and eloped)he is not given enough guidance from the professors and seeks for more and then turn the creature is not given any guidance from Frankenstein his creator and so is self taught like Frankenstein and the consequences are tragic. This clearly shows Shelley's own miss coming on her own education as she uses her experience to make the novel realistic and showing what could happen in her own life if she was in the exact situation as Frankenstein, though she only created the novel instead of monster that Frankenstein created. ...read more.


His was a time of change and this could worry society. His rejection is all the more horrific because he is so innocent to it, which creates sympathy but his vengeance against Frankenstein including the systematic killing of all his loved ones causes the readers to be unsure whether his actions where not his own as Frankenstein gave him no direction or the killing was his own choice, therefore the readers do not sympathise with the monster. Shelley is also saying how important knowledge is here. I personal think Shelley wrote this novel to voice her opinions the only way she could in such a strict society that did not allow women to have opinions. Shelley took many things from her own life which she criticised through the novel to make it more realistic and the only way she could criticise her own up bringing especially how her father took her own education. The fears stated in the novel are still valid today as the morals of whether we should play god through the technological advances in science, Shelley's novel has clear moral consequences and a perfect example of what could happen if we as a society start to follow Frankenstein's footsteps and create a monster with the same potential as the one in the book to create havoc and destruction, would probably destroy us. ...read more.

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