Fantasy, Horror, And Science Fiction In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The “Gothic” or “Weird” tales were a strange assortment of three genres that dominated popular commercial publishing over the 20th century: fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The mixed nature of the “Gothic” defined in its genre were tales of many types – sword-and-sandal epics about fearless barbarian heroes, chilling tales of unearthly New England monsters, and haunted houses filled with unseen supernatural occurrences. Out of these stories in the “Gothic tradition”, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the most influential novels in history. It is considered by many to be one of the first science fiction novels. Often these stories of science fiction draw attention to the permeable boundaries separating humans from their…show more content…
It ruminates on the responsibilities of fatherhood and motherhood, in a sense, since Mary Shelley is the mother of all the text’s characters.
The morality of creating a life without the help of the birds and the bees is a troubling thought to many, an exciting thought for some, and an opportunity for power for the wicked. Mankind has always been perplexed by how the world and its people came to be. Whether one is a believer, an atheist, or someone in between, the questions of the universe have a way of robbing the curious of sound sleep. Shelley writes about how frightful it would be to compete as a human with the Creator of the world. The weight that this places on the individual both challenges the humanity of that person and the divine of the Creator. For those who believe in a God, the thought of being in competition with something that is omnipresent and omnipotent is dumbfounding and foolhardy. Man’s relationship with a higher power has been rocky, to say the least. Many dictators and the like have tried to be gods themselves by attempting to exterminate whole groups of people, as well as conquer the entirety of globe. From Victor Frankenstein trying to imbue his own version of life into a body, to Hitler trying to commit genocide, it seems as if God has a way of winning in the end. It just proves how humans should not challenge "the divine of the Creator," as Victor does, without fully considering the consequences.
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