Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein ' Or ' The Modern Prometheus '

1710 WordsDec 19, 20147 Pages
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, is one of the most iconic tales of 19th century literature. Grandly displaying a mastery of psychological depth within the characters, the author portrays a flawed society inherent within their scientific progression. As such, the enriching tale draws many criticisms from the society in which Shelley lived in, some of which encompasses appearances, feminism, and class restrictions. Retold through multiple mediums, the story is generally seen as a tale of the dangers of scientific progression to such an extremity that it illustrates faults in the upbringing of its citizens. Although, there is more to the story than a criticism of science being a dangerous endeavor with harsh complications, the characters show faults in their psyche from being ill-treated by civilization. The creature’s symbolism emphasizes a defect in a hypocritical society and its discontents. Thus, the creature reveals society’s flaw in supporting a superficial image of the world. The story begins with an ambitious man’s journey to the North Pole, but he is facing many perils on his way and also faces many ethical issues blurring the line between morals and science. Meeting with Dr. Frankenstein, the captain is told the long life story of a man who cannot see the line between ethics and science, and showing complete remorse over his creation, the unnamed creature. Frankenstein forewarns him, “You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I
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