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Monster stories are stories that stir up a feeling of horror, and terror. The film Victor Frankenstein and the book Frankenstein; Dracula; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with an introduction by Stephen King, both focus on monsters. They all talk of a monster stories and their evils. However, despite this common topic, the evil displayed in the film and in the book is different and has its own intensity. A monster story is a story about a creature fashioned to evoke horror.
This is according to the ideas of both Zizek and Mary Wollstonecraft. Zizek sees a clear connection between the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley and the French Revolution. He shows us that the monster is symbolic of the social revolution. However, he also offers many other interpretations of the monstrosity in the novel, such as parricide, sons rebelling against fathers, technological advancement and asexual reproduction. He also presents a clear definition of how rebels are monsters and are created by the failing regime.
Frankenstein In the novel ‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley Portrays a Monster. The view of the monster is hideous. In the beginning he was childlike, kind and helpful but with the time he gains knowledge he becomes miserable. Mary Shelley writes about the monster to express her views about knowledge and the changes it can bring. In the 19th century with the industrial revolution there were negative effects.
Self-discovery, Destruction, and Preservation in Frankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein explores the downfall of certain human characteristics, set to the backdrop of creation, destruction, and preservation. The subtitle denoted by Shelly herself supports this idea, by relating the fact that the title can be viewed as either Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. One scholar, Marilyn Butler, also maintains this by noting, "It can be a late version of the Faust Myth"(302). Shelly uses the story of the main character, Victor Frankenstein, to produce the concept of a dooming human characteristic of which Frankenstein states, "I have . .
“All things totally wicked start from innocence” (BrainyQuote.com). Throughout the beginning of Frankenstein, Victor tries to do good by creating a “monster” to stop people from dying. It is through these actions the Gothic elements can be seen. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein with such an eerie feeling, critics still value her work. “It is a hair-raising, chilling story of terror that more than an century and a half after Mary put down her pen still has the power to fascinate, frighten, and haunt its reader” (askwillonline.com).
All of these examples are in the novel which just proves that Shelley wrote a gothic novel. Shelley uses supernatural and scary elements to set up a bridge between the natural world and the supernatural world. Whenever someone is dealing with raising the dead people will be scared. Shelley brings together science and fear when creating this aspect of gothic literature. Frankenstein creating the creature is huge when setting up the “Supernatural and natural world”, this scene is pivotal because it makes the creature seem like he is already
Through this, it is evident to the reader that Frankenstein carries the attributes of a monster and the ‘demon’ Mary Shelley is depicting in her novel is Frankenstein. Works Cited Shelley, Mary & Hunter, J. Paul. Frankenstein: The 1818 Text, Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Responses, Modern Criticism. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996.
(Desert Aine 2, 1-2) Frankenstein and his abominable creation are two characters inexorably linked with eachother, as father and son, as inventor and invention, and even as reflections of eachother. Their conflict deals with themes of the morality of science and the fears of child birth, and their characters are drawn from a wealth of experience and reading. Shelley’s doppleganger of mankind is like a twisted vision of reality; based in some sense on reality but wildly taken out of proportion, the monster is so inhuman that it cannot reconcile itself with its master or the world of humanity. Its tragic story serves as a warning of what mankind could become as well as a reflection of Shelley’s own personal demons, and her creation has changed the face of literature. Bibliography: Desert Aine 1.