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

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What does Mary Shelley reveal about human relationships and society in Frankenstein? Mary Shelley has revealed many different aspects of human relationships and society in the novel. She has based the novel around three narrators, showing different perspectives. Society at this time was going through a period of radical reform, which is shown in the novel. She includes the treatment of outsiders, which leads us to consider why they are classed as an outsider? In Frankenstein there is portrayal of authority, of the family and abuse of power. There is a comparison between Victor Frankenstein and the creature, how one of them wants to be part of a community and the other does not. But there is a similarity between Walton and Victor Frankenstein. In this novel, Mary Shelley shows how Walton and Frankenstein are very similar. This relationship that Mary Shelley created show us that people who are a like get on well with each other. When they first met, they like each other immediately and Walton 'loves him as a brother.' Both characters are intellectual; they studied many books, mainly physics. They are both lonely people who do not mind being isolated from the world outside, they do not have friends that are intellectual enough to be on the same wavelength as each other. ...read more.

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'Sorrows of young Werther' make him feel joyous and sad, 'with its lofty sentiments and feelings'. 'Plutarch's Lives' helped him admire heroic leaders and despise tyrants, as he sees the positive side and the destructive and dark side as well. 'Paradise Lost' makes him identify his lonely state with Satan's banishment from heaven. 'Ruins of Empires' shock and disgust him. The tales of war, injustice and abuse of power upset him. He is more pained when he learns about birth, children and families because this leads him to question about his own origin. From these books he learns about human relationships and society. The creature has had encounters with many people. The first was with his creator but he was abandoned, as Victor was devastated to find it so ugly and ran away in horror. The creature then wandered into a village but was attacked by the villagers because of his appearance. When he observed the De Lacey family he grew fond of them and waited for the right time to speak to them but he was beaten once again and the family left in fear. The creature then saves a young girl from drowning and says 'this was then the reward of my benevolence!' ...read more.

Conclusion

The book is set during the French revolution. There was Limited Democracy, as there was no equal society, women couldn't vote, men under 21 couldn't vote and people would put their hands up outside to vote. The radical reform in the novel was the product of human inventions, how Frankenstein created the creature. The legal system of Geneva is portrayed, as the laws are broken. Also the creature kills innocent people who were part of Victor's family or close friends. He does this in revenge and his rage builds up and releases it by killing these innocent people. The novel ends with Victor dying and we are left unsure if the creature kills himself. Walton meets the creature and it makes us pity the creature as he tells Walton how he has tried to do good deeds and get along with mankind. But he explains that his rejection by his creator was an injustice. Mary Shelley makes the reader notice how important it is to be brought up properly and to have a good relationship with people and to be part of a society that does not judge people by their appearance without knowing what there personality is like. Mary Shelley reveals to us that know matter how kind you are, you can always be treated wrongly and be betrayed by people, who you thought were your family or good friends. ...read more.

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