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Who do you think is the most monstrous? Frankenstein or his creature?

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Who do you think is the most monstrous? Frankenstein or his creature? Mary Shelly wrote the novel "Frankenstein", in 1818. Shelly was born in 1797, her parents, William Goodwin and Mary Woolstencraft, were writers and were well known for their radical views, both wrote extensively about political and social matters. Shelly grew up in a highly intellectual and stimulating environment, she was brought up listening and reading her parents friends poems (one, of whom was Coleridge, whose' poem " The Ancient Mariner" is quoted several times in the novel), so it is not surprising that she felt inspired to write this superb novel when she was just eighteen yeas old. "Frankenstein" was the first of many novels written my Shelly, but is the most well known. The novel follows the Gothic genre, but certain aspects of it make it in between the gothic and what today we would call the "horror" genre, this new innovative style of writing, captured people's imaginations and is one of the reasons it sold so many copies around the world. The book follows the life of its' main character, Victor Frankenstein and his thirst for glory. It takes us on a journey through his life, Shelly links this with her own life, and we can see aspects of this through Victors' family life. Is it a coincidence that Victor and his siblings are left motherless at such a young age, when Shelly's mother died only days after Shelly's birth? On the other hand, that Elizabeth is an orphan? The novel begins with letters from a "Robert Walton" to his sister Elizabeth telling her of his appetite for glory and being remembered. It carries on to where Walton comes across Frankenstein when he is nearing the North Pole when his boat and crew are stuck in ice. Frankenstein goes on to tell Walton whom he is and what he has done. ...read more.


Victor has started to disobey. M. Waldman, Victor's chemistry professor, said the following phrase, that Victor says enounced to destroy him: "The ancient teaches of this science, promised impossibilities and performed nothing. The modern masters promise very little, know that metals cannot be transmuted, and the elixir of life is a chimera......They penetrate into the recesses of nature, and show how she works in her hiding places. They ascend into the heavens: they have discovered how the blood circulates, and the nature of the air we breathe. They have acquired new and almost unlimited powers; they can command the thunders of heaven, mimic the earthquake, and even mock the invisible world in its shadows." These words, as we can see were the start of Frankenstein's downfall into glory, he takes from this, his thirst to create a life, to pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers and unfold the deepest mysteries of creation. This is where I think that Frankenstein starts to take everything a bit too far and where he starts to become like a monster himself, absorbed in his work, not caring for anybody around him. In chapter four it starts to talk about how Frankenstein finds a friend in M. Waldman, but how M. Krempe starts to in a way, put him down for believing in the natural philosophy branch of science, it also tells us of how Frankenstein is starting to forget about things around him when he says "Two years past in this manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva." In not going to visit his family in Geneva this shows that Frankenstein is becoming so absorbed in his work he is forgetting his own family, and ultimately his Elizabeth. He says that he thought of going home once, but something came up that stopped him. This was his fascination with the human frame, he wanted to observe the natural decay of the human body, and for this, he would go to the churchyard and observe the ...read more.


He also resents Frankenstein for abandoning him after his "birth" like a child would if its' father left it after or before its birth. The creature sees Frankenstein very much as its, father. This is not what Frankenstein wants, and he is now thinking about the coincidences for his actions, even though now, he cannot do anything about it. The creature says, "I am chained in an eternal hell." Here the creature describes his life away from society, he describes it as his version of "hell" because that is how most people would hate to live. Nobody likes to feel alone in the world. At the end of the book, the creature weeps to the death of his "father", when Frankenstein dies, he is most grievous though, about the fact that Frankenstein never gave him a name, and he feels that his name is very important. In some cultures of the world if you commit a crime your name can be taken off you, this is felt more of a punishment as being outlawed or being sent to prison. T In conclusion, I still think that Frankenstein is the most monstrous. Even though the creature killed innocent people, it can by saying it didn't know better, justifies its' actions, also I think that Frankenstein has a part to play in this because the creature never asked to be born. It was out of arrogance and out of naivety that Frankenstein thought that he could get away with creating life and not having to live with the consequences, much I think how some people act towards life today. I think that this story still plays a part in today's world. I think that this story has a moral, and that the moral of the story is, "You should always think before you act." You should always think about the repercussions of your actions. If everybody thought a little bit more about what they were doing and how it would affect other people, the world would be a much better place for us all to live in. Rebecca Wood 10/4 ...read more.

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