Compare and Contrast the episodes of the creation of the monster and
the creation of the second monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Mary Shelley finished her first edition of 'Frankenstein' in 1816,
when she was nineteen years old. Since then her "monster" has become
so popular in the twenty-first century that he appears in
the love of his life, whom is Elizabeth which he later finds out to be
Victor Frankenstein, the main character in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is sometimes called the modern Prometheus. This may have some merit, due to the author of the book giving it a subtitle of “The Modern Prometheus”. Frankenstein does share some qualities with the Titan, but can he really be given this title? Although there are some parallels between these characters, Victor Frankenstein does not deserve to be called the modern Prometheus.
that he has nothing of any value in his life and no friends or family
Shelley in Frankenstein and Goethe in The Sorrows of Young Werther wrap their stories around two characters whose mental torment and physical actions are similar to one another. Both the stories deal with characters who are struggling to find happiness in their lives in the world they live in, but they could not because of rejection. Werther was seeking to be loved and have a family with the girl she loved whereas, the creature was seeking for a companion and people to relate with and call family because he was all alone.
says in chapter 2, “ they were a mixture of pain and pleasure, such as
fact it was not unusual for the quiet girl named Mary to write such a
The book opens with a scene of a ship in the Arctic Ocean. The ship is
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
‘Frankenstein is full of ideas and warnings which are relevant to a
-Discuss the enduring appeal of the novel.
Many punishments for crimes are often given to innocent people. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, there are several instances in which the punishment is given to an innocent person. Justine, a maid at the Frankenstein residence, was killed for a crime she did not commit. Felix, a character the Monster encounter, was exiled from his country, for helping an innocent man escape from jail. Lastly Victor himself was jailed for a murder, which he did not commit.
In the novel Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, we see a rare, but apparent, use of providence inside the story. The article “invisible hand”: Patlock, Milton, and the critique of Providence in Frankenstein was written by D. S. Neff, from the university of Alabama. The article compares the character of Frankenstein, the creature, with the main character from Patlock’s book, Peter Wilkins. The article also points out the use of providence and the “invisible hands”, its ties to Milton’s paradise lost and how they all connect together.
Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” is infused with metaphors, revealing the state of the world during 1818 when the first edition was published. Firstly, through the initial dialog between Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created, an image of a repulsive creature is depicted, revealing the destructive relationship possible between a creator and his offspring. Secondly, it can be observed that the metaphor of the monster reveals Shelley’s criticism of the displacement of religion during the era of the enlightenment. Thirdly, Frankenstein can be seen as a condemnation of the treatment given to those with a visible difference within society. Additionally, Shelley’s creation of the monster in her novel could be seen to reveal the toxic effect of a world without female influences. Finally, Victor Frankenstein’s creation of his monster may have been to reveal the detrimental effects isolation can have on any living being. Thus it is revealed that Mary Shelley’s novel, through the creation of the monster, has many allegories to comment on society’s condition.
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, to this day is one of the most important and largest books in the genre that is Romanticism. Romanticism itself, is made up of multiple elements such as these; Supernatural, emotion, imagination, nature, social progression, endless potential, and spiritual growth. Throughout the whole story of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley implements most, if not all, of the elements of romanticism, whether the elements are portrayed by the monster or by Victor Frankenstein himself. These elements are present in every part of the story of Frankenstein and are strongly shown through the writings by Shelley. It is no question that Mary Shelley is a writer of the romantic period of 1800 to 1850.
The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was written in the era of Romanticism which occurred between the eighteenth to the nineteenth century as a direct stance against The Age of Enlightenment. This particular historical time elevated both science and reason to be the ultimate goal. In contrast, the Romantic Movement namely aimed towards having intuition dominate reason and consider nature as a healing place for humans to flee urbanization and industrialization, Romanticism also celebrated the individual as a force to rebel against the status quo. In the following essay, I will be discussing the ensuing themes that make Shelley’s Frankenstein a Romantic novel: the individual as an outcast from society, the heavy influence of heightened emotional states, as well as the use of the ‘sublime’ (a mixture of both fear and awe of nature) which contrasts urbanization and modern development which birth the stylistic form of Romantic writing.