Analysis Of Mary Shelley And Mystic River By Denis Lehane

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On April 15th, 1994, executives representing the seven largest American tobacco manufacturers testified in congress, stating cigarettes were not addictive and that the companies had not tampered with nicotine levels to keep smokers addicted. They did, however, admit that nicotine levels could be altered by changing the concentration of tobacco, stating that this was done to enhance flavour and not to incite addiction (Hilts). Nevertheless, a study conducted from 1997-2005 found that nicotine levels had in fact increased an average of 0.029mg/cig/year over the eight year time span. The researchers concluded the only reasonable explanation for the increase was due to “design modifications” which they attributed had been the work of the tobacco companies (Connolly). Correspondingly, the overall number of deaths related to tobacco usage (from 1997-2005) also rose (“Smoking & Tobacco Use”), due to the increased amount of nicotine exceeding toxic levels (Connolly). The novels Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley and Mystic River, by Denis Lehane both present similar situations in which characters keep silent regarding their personal lives, endangering others to help themselves. Frankenstein explores Victor’s story and motivations on why he keeps silent about his grisly projects creation, it’s subsequent escape and the murder of his family. Mystic River deals with the trauma resulting from the childhood rape of Dave, while his two best friends; Jimmy and Sean look on, and their

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