Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein Essay

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Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is designed as a gothic horror novel but
deals with serious moral issues. Written in 1818, a time when
breakthroughs and discoveries in the scientific world were common and
often of great importance, the book shows how desire for knowledge
entwined with humanity’s ability to quickly reject what seems ugly or
that which they don’t understand, can unfold into a tragic tale with
several fatal altercations. Whilst playing the role of a negligent
God, Victor Frankenstein brings into existence a hideous being, which
he rejects at birth, his creation lacking teachings of moral values
commits murder. But can either Frankenstein or his creation be named
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I believe that Shelley is trying to make a comment about family and
how a bad upbringing is a major factor in creating someone or
something that could be classed as a monster. At the very beginning of
it’s life the creation’s only “family member” is his creator and
almost father, victor Frankenstein. The very first thing the creation
receives from it’s family is rejection. Is Shelley trying to justify
the creature’s actions by showing it’s lack of a loving mother and a
disciplinary father could have sculpted him into the person that is
willing to commit murder?

If we are to read this book and analyse the characters at the basic
level of appearance alone then the creation is truly a monster,
standing eight foot tall and described “A mummy again endued with
animation could not be so hideous as that wretch!” Ignoring his
physical attributes and looking into the mind of the creature we can
see some very human emotions and complex ways of thinking, often
staying more level headed and reasonable than he whom gave him life
and calls him wretch. For example the crimes he has committed
considering his “up bringing” and the current circumstances are hardly
one of a monster, murder is never justifiable, but being rejected by
the rest of…