The Developments and Changes the Monster Undergoes in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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The Developments and Changes the Monster Undergoes in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Frankenstein is a classic novel by Mary Shelley, published in 1818. It recounts the life of Victor Frankenstein; Victor is a young, idealistic student of natural philosophy whose aim is to discover the elixir of life. He succeeds in his aim and consequently brings into existence a monstrous creation. However, he abandons his creation, which is then forced to discover the complicated ways in which society and the world works, in a very cruel but candid and unequivocal manner. The novel begins in the epistolary style, presenting the story in a series of letters. These letters are from Robert Walton, a British…show more content…
Walton's narrative is the frame in which the other narratives are embedded. However, the monster's narrative is structurally central to the novel; without the monster's narrative there is less sympathy for his character, because within his narrative he shares his experiences and the reader can obtain a different perspective of the characters. Each narrative consists of the thoughts, views, emotions and experiences of solely, the character that it belongs to. Victor begins with an account of his early family life and background in Geneva. He tells Walton of his tranquil and serene domestic life and of Elizabeth, the young orphan who at a very early age became part of his distinguished family. He remembers how his mother died of scarlet fever, which she caught from Elizabeth, and that his mother's dying wish was that Elizabeth and Frankenstein would one day marry. "She joined the hands of Elizabeth and myself. 'My children,' she said, "My firmest hopes of future happiness were placed on the prospect of your union." Frankenstein also explains how his, almost obsessive, interest in science and natural philosophy was fuelled; when Victor was young he found a book on the alchemists. The alchemists' aims were to turn base metal into gold and to find the elixir of life. The latter captures the young Victor's

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