'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley: A Critical Analysis

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In the gothic novel Frankenstein, author Mary Shelley offers an ominous tale of science gone terribly wrong using the theme of the father and son relationship that also goes terribly wrong. Though Victor Frankenstein does not give birth per se to the Monster, Frankenstein is for all intents and purposes the Monster's father as he brings him to life via his scientific knowledge. Once the Monster is alive he looks to Frankenstein to protect him as a father would, but Frankenstein who is mortified by his creation shuns him. The longer the Monster lives without Frankenstein's love and the more he discovers what he is missing, the angrier he gets and he sets out on a mission to destroy Victor Frankenstein. In Frankenstein, Shelley's purpose is to reveal what happens to society at large when individuals fail in their duties as parents. Throughout Frankenstein there are random references to Hercules the neglected son of Zeus who goes through life miserably while he tries to fit into a human world in which he does not belong despite the fact that he is looked up to because of his power and courage and, simultaneously, is feared because of those attributes (Thompson, 2006). There are also several references to the book of Genesis and Adam's defiance against God when he teams up with Eve. As the story goes, Adam is forced to leave the Paradise God created for him and is subject to a life that is full of what we now know as human suffering (2006). There is also mention of Cain,

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