Good and Evil in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Essay

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Good and Evil in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

"Frankenstein" was written by Mary Shelley. She was born in 1797 and died in 1851. Her parents were also progressive writers, and their work would have influenced Shelley's work.

"Frankenstein" is written in the gothic horror genre. The idea of Frankenstein actually came to Mary Shelley in a half waking nightmare. She herself said,

"When I placed my head on the pillow I did not sleep………

My imagination, unbidden possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my eyes…"

Shelley felt possessed by the novel. She wanted to write a story to frighten the reader, as she herself has been frightened the night of the …show more content…

He became obsessed with making a monster, and then leaves it and tries to kill it. But it turns out than that this monster ends up controlling Frankenstein's life, not the other way around.

While Frankenstein is making his monster nothing else matters to him. He has a thirst for knowledge beyond human knowledge. This is seen as evil but it is a contrast, as the experiment did not start as evil it started as eagerness to conquer death, a favour to human beings. But it did not turn out like that as Frankenstein was driven by ambition so he did not notice the evil in the experiment. This a contrast as Walton, at the beginning of the novel, is also driven by ambition to obtain information that know other human would know.

This story is about morality. It explores different ides of good and evil. This is shown in the way that the monster's physical appearance is supposed to be evil as every one runs form him. But we find out that all he wants is love, someone to love him, and someone for him to love. So this shows that he has a good side. But this example also shows Frankenstein's bad side as well as good side when he says that he will make the monster a mate he then takes it away and dashes the monster hopes by then going back on his word. This shows a very good contrast between good and evil as this is a terrible thing to do to someone, taking away their only hope

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