The Most Monstrous Being In Mary Shelley's Novel, Frankenstein

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The Most Monstrous Being In Mary Shelley's Novel, Frankenstein

Introduction ============

Mary Shelly was born in 1797 and died in 1851; she was the second wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, the famous English poet. Her novel "Frankenstein" was written when she was only 19 years of age and she wrote it as a response to a challenge that Lord Byron set her. Frankenstein is considered by some to be a modern Prometheus, an ancient Greek myth about the creation of man.

Section 1 =========

Frankenstein wanted to be able to create life and defeat death:

Frankenstein -"I might in the process of time…renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption."
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A Victorian audience would not have experienced this so it makes the impact of the events even more nauseating.

Section 2 =========

In chapter 5, Frankenstein confesses that he tried to make his creation beautiful but succeeded only in making it look even more hideous. This is one of the creation's so-called beautiful features:

Frankenstein - "his teeth of a pearly whiteness."

Here I think Frankenstein is trying to convince himself that his creation is not as hideous as he really knows it is, although he eventually comes to realise this:

Frankenstein - "Beautiful! Great god! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of his muscles and arteries beneath."

This is the point at which Frankenstein starts to realise that he despises the being he spent years constructing. I think the fact that Frankenstein first finds the monster beautiful and then repulsive represents the way Frankenstein loses his innocence and begins to understand his sin.

Section 3 =========

In chapter 11 when the monster is living in the woods after Frankenstein has just abandoned him, the monster describes his first normal human sensations:

Monster - "I knew I could distinguish nothing." -----------------------------------------------

Here the monster is confused about what he
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