Frankenstein, By Mary Clark

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Frankenstein has been portrayed in nearly every sort of artistic representation, from theatrical productions to major motion pictures. The story is well-known throughout modern-day society — or at the very least, an altered version of it. In popular culture the name “Frankenstein” is commonly associated with the monster, rather than the doctor. While this may be due to the infatuation our disenchanted society has with themes of science-fiction and fantasy, Anna Clark argues that the idea of the monster as the protagonist goes much deeper. Clark’s idea that Frankenstein’s monster is the true protagonist, is rooted in the the way certain characters are focalized through the creature’s narrative (245). Clark refers to this narration technique as “protagonism,” and gives credit to it being the major reason the monster is perceived as the protagonist (245). Most people would argue that if the creature is not the protagonist, then Frankenstein must be. I however, refute the idea that there are only two options surrounding which character is labelled as the protagonist and the other the antagonist. Seeing as Shelley has embedded such complex character development and depth throughout the novel, it hardly seems appropriate to label characters as simply as “protagonist” and “antagonist”. I argue that there are two other protagonist-antagonist combination available for analysis: not only are Frankenstein and the monster both protagonists, but they are also both antagonists to each

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