Who Are You ?
One is defined by various categories. Whether one’s identity is delineated by race, gender, or social status, one may ask themselves “Who are you?” In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, the protagonist Othello struggles with his status as an outsider. Even the closest of his friends and loved ones are questioned. His right hand man Iago manipulates, confuses, and mentally tortures Othello to the extent that he questions the fidelity of his partner, Desdemona. Self-identity for Othello becomes murky as the waters are tainted with lies and deception. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a state of perplection is palpable with regards to the question “Who are you?”. The main character, Victor Frankenstein, creates a “monster” using parts of unearthed corpses. Once conscious, the monster struggles with who he is as he is forced unnaturally into society. In this case one is not questioning loyalty, but the mere fact of humanity: What makes someone a human being? The interpretations of “Who are you?” is multifaceted, as the characters in both novels reflect inwardly on what defines them and what others think they are. Individual's’ self-identity fluctuates throughout their lives due to varying circumstances.
Frankenstein’s monster is not a creature that can be easily defined. He could not conform to society's norms. As an unnatural creation, he lacks the instincts about social cues that humans learn through nurture and society, like how to communicate with
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Character Analysis: Give your ideas about the main characters(s). Include what you like and dislike about the characters and why they deserve praise or criticism. Does the author intend for you to like/dislike them? How do you know?
Friends will determine the direction and quality of your life. Loneliness is a battle that all people will once face at a certain point in their life; it is how they handle it that determines the outcome of that battle. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein loneliness is the most significant and prevailing theme throughout the entire novel. Shelley takes her readers on a wild journey that shows how loneliness can end in tragedy.
In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley combines three separate stories involving three different characters--Walton, Victor, and Frankenstein's monster. Though the reader is hearing the stories through Walton's perspective, Walton strives for accuracy in relating the details, as he says, "I have resolved every night,...to record, as nearly as possible in his [Victor's] own words, what he has related during the day" (Shelley 37). Shelley's shift in point of view allows for direct comparison and contrast between the characters, as the reader hears their stories through the use of first person. As the reader compares the monster's circumstances to those of Victor and Walton, the reader's
In Mary Shelley’s 1831 novel, Frankenstein, there are several smaller characters that help to move the plot forward. Perhaps the most influential character to Victor Frankenstein’s life is Elizabeth Lavenza, his doomed fiancé. By the end of the novel, her character serves as the final tool for Victor Frankenstein to be able to understand his creature.
The monster that Frankenstein created was only considered a monster because he did not look like a human. If he had not looked scary he would have been accepted as a member of society. Though had I myself seen him in real life I would most likely have been afraid of him, getting to know him from his point of view, by reading the book, helped me to understand how human-like he was. He was not evil, but kind and just wanted to be loved and accepted. The monster was kind, intelligent, he understood the value of love, and had his own thoughts and values, and for these reasons I believe the monster did not deserve to be destroyed.
Select a novel or play in which a tragic figure functions as an instrument of the suffering of others. Then write an essay in which you explain how the suffering brought upon others by that figure contributes to the tragic vision of the work as a whole.
Our society has a very acute perception of what is and what is not normal, predicated through our upbringing and life experiences. For instance, people are viewed as weird or foreign if they have a disability. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly is about a creature that is created by Victor Frankenstein. The creature wants to understand why he was made, what his purpose in life is and why he isn’t accepted by society; in order to fulfill these needs the creature try’s to connect with his creator Frankenstein. However, Frankenstein does not want to have any personal contact with the creature. Understandably, the creature wants to connect with Frankenstein because the creature sees Frankenstein as normal and wants to be like Victor. On the same front, Frankenstein does not want to connect with the creature because he views the creature as abnormal. As a result, the creature threatens Frankenstein and ends up killing most of Frankenstein’s family and friends to purposely hurt Frankenstein. Mary Shelly shows that despite someone’s power and knowledge, acceptance in society is not guaranteed.
Young Frankenstein is noted as being “The Broadway musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest!” This entertaining musical comedy performed in the Main Stage Theater at Lee High School October 13-21. This theatrical production was put on by Independent Musical Productions, Inc., which produces four major productions each year. I saw the play on October 19th during the 7:30 pm show. This viewing was not a sold-out performance. This production was intended for the adult audience. But it is also recommended to teens as well. It was good clean fun and laughter could be heard throughout the auditorium. In Young Frankenstein, the grandson inherits his family’s estate. His mad scientist antics appear to rival late of his late grandfathers.
Fictionally, the greatest-written villains in history possess attributes that give them cause for their behavior, with the most universal and essential of these core traits being a deep, personal backstory behind their acts. For instance, in classic stories like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Monster presents thorough reason to its Creator in terms of why it has turned to wickedness. The Monster does not kill purely for the sake of being evil, its actions are resulted from its desire to be loved by man, yet failing at every attempt to achieve it. Motivation behind monstrous acts is necessary in works of fiction because non-fictionally, people labeled as monsters by society possesses motivation behind their actions as well, whether it be
In the novel Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, the characters have been portrayed effectively. Much of the interactions between characters, and characteristics of the characters have been based on events which have occurred in Shelley's own life, or they represent what she believes is important. For example, Victor is portrayed as having a strong passion for science, and a poor understanding of relationships. Elizabeth is shown as a stereotypical woman of the time, who is also very powerless. The monster is depicted as being both beautiful and ugly, and someone who the reader feels sympathetic towards. Through the portrayal of her characters, Shelley has created a very effective
Mary shelley created the monster because it showed and played a big part in the story of frankenstein. People should see and read this book it shows personal characterics this monster helped the people see the bad and good side and wanted to show he wasn't adapted. His good character traits showed remorseful independent and compassionate. He was a very jealous monster and had a bunch of hate and revenge on other characters. Victor one of the characters created this creature and they both had dislikes for each other and weren't blood related. They then later in the novel became isolated from the society and wasn't helping. Victor frankenstein creation was a scary one because it was hard to discuss the true identity of it many people were on
Frankenstein was a story written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley while she was on her vacation in Switzerland with her husband. The story got published in 1818 without letting the public about the author. It was in 1831 when the novel revised edition was out and Mary Shelley name mentioned as an author. The novel focused on social, cultural and political facet of the societies during Mary’s lifetime. The fictional character in the novel clearly shows the battle against the pre-established people’s attitude during that time. Religion and science always create a controversy in the society with religion always differencing from any scientific principles and experiments. Shelley’s tried to addresses the above controversy and showed how science and modern technology is sometimes wrong. She tried to show how scientists and inventors are sometimes selfish only care for achieving their plan without evaluating the end result.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a literary classic that tells a story of a young scientist Victor Frankenstein who created a monster that tries to live in society but is rejected. The monster will later seek revenge by going after his creator. In this essay I will be evaluating two critiques about the novel. Beginning with Professor Naomi Hetherington’s critique and the second critique written by Professor Sherry Ginn.