Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Essay
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Later on the monster compares himself to Adam “Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam”. Just like Adam the monster was created by god ( creating life ) which is ironic because this is the figure which people believe Viktor is trying to idolise himself to. In the society they lived in they were very religious and the fact that it weren’t god who created the monster this would be seen as sinful. It also shows a moral meaning and relation to: ` Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay To mould me man? Did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me? (John Milton, paradise lost).
This quotation is asking did I ask to be made at the same time saying there evil-the maker, like what the monster is trying to get victor to see. Shelley chooses this metaphor to show that the monster wishes to belong his creator. The reader feels sympathy here because we get the impression that the monster is lost or unloved, longing for some sense of family. The monster’s explanation of his treatment by man “All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things”. Here the monster mentions how he has suffered pain by man; he believes Viktor wishes him to suffer further as a type of punishment.
The reader sympathises with the monster due to his previous treatment by man, we believe it is Viktor who should be made to suffer. We get a real sense of the monsters loneliness when he asks Viktor to make him a female companion like him so he can be loved for once. At the end dramatic language makes the reader feel sorry for the monster, “I shall die and I shall no longer feel the agonies that consume me”. This makes you feel sorry for him because he’d rather die and has to pity himself because no one else does. Furthermore the monsters feelings come across strongly when he says he is doomed.
“I shall collect my funeral pile and consume to ashes this miserable frame”. This is so sad because he is planning his own funeral! Mary Shelley was trying to make people shouldn’t judge by looks it’s the person within that counts. She was also trying to suggest that people can’t be born evil its how they are nurtured which develops their personality; I think Mary did get the message across quite clearly. She first came around about writing the novel in a villa in the setting Swiss mountains and the lakes where there was always a stimulating conversation.
Lord Byron suggested they all tell ghost stories to one another as an added incentive they decided to turn into a competition to see who could come up with the scariest novel. But Mary went on to develop her short tale she came up with that night into a full novel which got published in (her version) in 1823. Like the people she was surrounded by Mary had a particular keen interest in science which is what her novel is based around. Darwin was a respected poet and scientist amongst Mary’s family and when he studied a piece of vermicelli within a glass jar make voluntary actions of its own.
This triggered the thought that corpses could be re-animated. Some say the novel can be classed as a `romantic novel` Margaret Drabble defined romanticism as: … an extreme assertion of the self and The value of individual experience… The stylistic keynote… is intensity, and its Watchword is ‘imagination’. I think this suits to what we know about Mary Shelley’s parents. I thought the novel is slightly complicated and takes a lot of time to understand the meanings behind it but overall a well balanced, out of the ordinary but reasonably interesting novel.
It shows what people were like in that time and straight away more a less within the first few chapters I was sympathising with the monster and my feelings towards the characters matched that of what Mary Shelley was trying to get across without blatantly saying it. Well it certainly aroused a selection of scientists and philosophers when it was first published and I think still to this day it makes people think and worry about these concepts becoming reality but not to the extremes of the riots and outrages they were back in the days it was published.
It shows outrageous ideas in a more meaningful way and perhaps one day it might come true. Young adults like myself slightly naive to the laws of science, a book like this fuels the imagination and makes the impossible seem possible. Loved this book. ““` Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.