Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein, And The Modern Prometheus

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“Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus”, by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Mary Shelley 's novel Frankenstein is best known for its influence in popular culture through many film adaptations. It is in fact, however, one of the great novels of ideas. Write an essay that discusses in what sense you think it is a novel of ideas. What are its claims about human reason and human nature?
Shelley explores some aspects of human nature, specifically human lust for power and the unfortunate way we deal with it once it is achieved. Dr. Frankenstein achieved the power of giving an inanimate body life. This is a Godlike power. He continues to play God by passing judgment on his creation. The tragedy is he (as well as all the other people the "monster" comes in contact with) fails to see the good in his creation that is obviously there. If Dr. Frankenstein is the "monster 's" God then the "monster" is literally Godforsaken. Considering the situation, the "monster" reacts in a very human way. It is largely agreed in American society today that a child who is isolated from human interaction cannot be blamed for his/her actions, and that neglect is one of the worst forms of abuse. In the same way Frankenstein 's monster is not at fault for his acts of destruction but is actually the victim. In fact if there is a villain in this story it would be Frankenstein for his abuse of his "monster".
Shelley is also commenting on human prejudice, especially concerning appearance.
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