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
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