Frankenstein: Much more than a simple horror story

analytical Essay
612 words
612 words

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is a well known novel written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and first published in 1818. This first edition included some remarks made by her husband Percy Shelley, which the author later revised for the publishing of the second edition in 1831 . A thought-provoking work set in the enlightened European society of the eighteenth century, Frankenstein masterly addresses themes such as responsibility, abandonment, and the ambitious pursuit of knowledge to depict the dreadful effects that may arise from scientific exploration. The novel narrates the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, who obsessed with ‘unfolding to the world the deepest mysteries of creation’, achieves to animate a creature made of dead bodies (p. 38). Nevertheless, terrified by his own work, Frankenstein abandons the monster to his fate. Consequently, the being embarks on a journey in search of human acceptance and affection. Unable to satisfy his yearning, the creature seeks for revenge and turns Frankenstein’s life into one marked by destruction and death. Although, ...

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  • Explains that mary wollstonecraft shelley's frankenstein, or the modern prometheus, is a well-known novel set in the enlightened european society of the eighteenth century.
  • Analyzes how the novel narrates the story of victor frankenstein, a scientist obsessed with ‘unfolding to the world the deepest mysteries of creation’.
  • Analyzes how shelley reconciles two different literary styles, the gothic and science-fiction, and adds romantic elements to her work. frankenstein's fixation with discovering the secret of life exemplifies the egocentric character typical of the romantic movement.
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