Criticism on the Novel Essay
Criticism on the Novel
Nature setting are explicit
Page 30: “When I was about fifteen years old we had retired to our house near Belrive, when we witnessed a most violent and terrible thunderstorm. It advanced from behind the mountains of Jura, and the thunder burst at once with frightful loudness from various quarters of the heavens. I remained with curiosity and delight. As I stood at the door, on a beautiful oak which stood about twenty yards from our house; and so soon as the dazzling light vanished, the oak had disappeared, and nothing remained but a blasted stump. […] It was not splintered from the shock, but entirely reduced to thin ribbons of wood.”
Foreshadowing?: power of electricity sparks his attention, if it can destroy something so quickly, why can’t it bring dead flesh to life?
Scientific descriptions lack important information
Page 48: “It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”
We see how she was a poet in this quote: she gives more descriptions of the surroundings than the scientific aspect of which many people long for. Obviously shows the lack of knowledge displayed by Mary Shelly.
Countries are “close together”
Shows once again how much knowledge Mary Shelly had regarding geography. It sparks attention when she says that it takes longer to go from Geneva to Ingolstadt (a total of 413.6 miles) than it is to go to England.
Monster has superhuman abilities yet he is made from human parts
Page 70: “I thought of pursuing the devil, but it would have been in vain, for another flash discovered him to me hanging among the rocks of the nearly perpendicular ascent of Mont Saleve, a hill that bounds Plainpalais on the south. He soon reached the summit and disappeared.”
Stereotyping of the Turkish and Irish people
If Frankenstein had already created a monster, why did he need help from some other scientists for the creation of another monster?
Page 153: “I found that I could not compose a female without again devoting several months to profound study and laborious disquisition. I had heard of some discoveries having been made by an English philosopher, he knowledge of which was material to my success […]”
The Monster tells Frankenstein how he’s survived mobs throwing rocks and several other projectiles and such, yet Frankenstein never stops trying to think he can kill the monster.
Page 206: “[…] the monster whom I had created, the miserable demon whom I had sent abroad into the world for my destruction. I was possessed by a maddening rage when I thought of him, and desired and ardently prayed that I might have him within my grasp to wreak a great and signal revenge on his cursed head.”
All quotes from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein