The Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was written in 1816 and

published in 1818. During this time this time there was social

revolution and major scientific changes throughout the world. In 1789

the French revolution took place. This is where the peasants revolted

against the lords and the royal family; they stood for liberty,

equality and fraternity. (Shelley was born into a revolutionary left

wing family and then lived the life of one). The world was an unstable

place and there was opportunity for change. In science: electricity

was created foe the light bulb and changed the way people saw things;

machines in factories created difficulties for workers; telephones

which changed communication and the steam train was made which had

defied what people thought impossible. All these things changed the

way of life forever; science was being more and more important and

involving the public not just the scientists. However, people did not

like change especially things that are new and only just made. People

were frightened and apprehensive of these scientific changes as they

were destroying what god had created. Mary Shelley had written the

story on the basis of a nightmare, but we can also say that she was

scared about these scientific changes and had written Frankenstein to

give the effect to the readers that we should leave science alone or

we will get a creation or monster that will destroy us. In today's

science we are going though a similar phase. Although it's about

different things its still change, because now we are entering into an

age of genetically modification and cloning and we don...

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...is shown that Frankenstein

is spoilt and won't do what is right; he will only do what he wants

and won't think of others neither the consequences. The monster on the

other hand, we see as a child which has been deprived of a parents

love and shunned where ever he goes. All the way though the novel the

reader is told the monster is reaching for human compassion and will

be good if his creator gives him a mate. Therefore Shelley wanted us

to realise that we should sympathise with the creation and understand

how although he looks like a monster he is the one who deserves it.

She does this with linguistic skills: imagery, language and complex

sentence structures in chapter five; conversation between the creation

and the creator and imagery in chapter ten; narration by the monster,

imagery and description in chapter eleven.
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