Monsters within a Young Girl’s Mind: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

analytical Essay
1366 words
1366 words

The interpretation of the young girl’s ghastly nightmare, fashioned by her own imagination derived the novel “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Mary Shelley began, putting pen to paper reveling her cautionary tale, a moral lesson hidden within a horrifying story that would awaken thrill and terror in her audience. Mary felt that if this was not accomplished, the novel would not live up to its title “The Modern Prometheus.” She relates to geographic elements that are subsequent the French Revolutionary era, with a strong connection to Greek mythology. In metaphor she illustrates how creature and creator are one in the same and with the symbolic use of sickness and nature creating the foreshadowing for events to come. Mary Shelley divulges though this novel her personal approach on humanity and life’s lessons; formulating the idea that ignorance is bliss and human injustice is wrong by taking in to account the sexiest views of the later eighteenth-century.

The most apparent theme divulged throughout the novel is the idea that ignorance is bliss. On Eric McMillan’s website, The Greatest Literature of All Time: the commentary on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein shows criticism. Though Eric states at the beginning, “that the novel only had three things going for it and that it was very poorly written” (McMillan). Furthermore, that it is, “unfortunately, the moral that readers and critics have taken from the story—and which Shelley clearly intends—is that expressed by Frankenstein: Knowledge is dangerous; ignorance is bliss” (McMillan). In the later eighteenth-century when humans began to challenge many traditional precept about the world, human creation, and man's relationship with his creator, through science and technology. In the ...

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Works Cited

McMillan, Eric. “Monstrously bad novel strikes a chord.” Greatest Literature of All Time: The Works. Editor Eric. 1999-2013. Web. 6 March 2014.

Moretti, Franco. Atlas of European Novel 1800-1900. Theoretical Interlude II. Geography of Plot. New York/London. Verso. 1998. 70. Print. 6 March 2014.

Randel, Fred V. "The Political Geography of Horror in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." ELH 70.2 (2003): 465. ProQuest. Web. 21 Feb. 2014.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. 1818. Introd. Maurice Hindel. London: Penguin Books. 1992. Print. 6 March 2014.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. “Shelley's 1821-1822 Huntington Notebook: A Facsimile of the Huntington MS. HM 2111s (Vol. 7).” Garland Publishing, New York / London. 1996. Print. 6 March 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how mary shelley stressed the idea of human injustice toward outsiders and how a book should not be read by its cover.
  • Analyzes how the french revolution and mary shelley's "frankenstein" both believed that knowledge can have profound social and political consequences.
  • Analyzes how mary shelley's interpretation of the ghastly nightmare derived the novel "frankenstein: the modern prometheus."
  • Analyzes how victor frankenstein depicted women as fragile, tormented, submissive individuals dependent upon and existed only for man's pleasures. mary shelley created metaphors with strong allusions, foreshadowing the events of realization of fate.
  • Analyzes how mary shelley's knowledge of the french revolution, greek mythology, and the nature of science contributed to the novel, "frankenstein: the modern prometheus."
  • Analyzes how the political geography of horror in mary shelley's frankenstein is based on her 1821-1822 huntington notebook.
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