Analysis Of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

analytical Essay
1024 words
1024 words

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a truly famous novel that has been revisited by many, as well as revised by the author in the many years since its original publication. Within this novel Shelley conveys the tragic fictional story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster that he thoughtlessly brought to life, as well as the lives of those affected by his hideous creation. Throughout the novel it is made quite apparent that the monster was not inherently evil, in fact the monster was quite benign, however through its interactions with society the monster is slowly shaped into a being that can truly be called just that, a monster. All of the aforementioned change to the monster are brought about in part by the societal standards of the time period …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes mary shelley's frankenstein, a famous novel that has been revisited by many, as well as revised by in the many years since its original publication.
  • Analyzes how the monster was created from a hodge podge of different parts from different bodies.
  • Analyzes the societal standard that leads to the monster becoming a monster is the different social classes of this time.
  • Explains that the possessions most esteemed by fellow-creatures were, high and unsullied descent united with riches. a man might be respected with only one of these acquisitions, but without either he was considered, except in very rare instances.
  • Analyzes how 's quote from the monster explains that one who comes from a well-respected family is respected by their peers, but those who are less fortunate are labeled as unreputable and more often than not completely worthless.
  • Analyzes how the societal standard of hiding one's problems shaped the monster into what it became.
  • Analyzes the society of mary shelley's frankenstein, which is old fashioned and the standards of society reflect this.

The only example of this standard that the author creates is Victor Frankenstein (due to first person from his perspective it is the only example than can be made), who after giving life to his monster was utterly horrified and eventually felt a fear of his creation, which happened to be the very first case that lead to the monster’s change as it marked the monster’s first rejection by a human. The unfortunate aftermath of this was that rather than venting these emotions and telling the rather unbelievable tale of the creation of his monster Frankenstein does as any sane human being would and hides all of this from all of the people around him for fear of being called insane as per the standard of society.The problem with following the norm in this case is that it lead to Frankenstein’s monster killing multiple people close to him and his eventual insanity. “I am fearless, and therefore powerful,” (178) this quote from Frankenstein marks the beginning of his fall into insanity, and it is this insanity that creates the problems that make the monster even more of a monster than it was before. Had Victor Frankenstein gone against the standard of society prior to …show more content…

In this 1700’s society the standards for society are quite different than what they are now, for one the general measure of someone’s worth and goodness is based primarily upon their appearance. Another of these societal standards that Shelley conveys is the social classes of the time with the cottagers and the monster’s description of them and how they are divided by wealth and family reputation. The last of the aforementioned societal standards is that of hiding one’s problems in the case of Victor Frankenstein and his hiding of his creation that became a monster, a monster that society

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