Essay about The Real Monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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In this essay I will be discussing who really is portrayed as the monster in her gothic horror novel, Frankenstein or “The Modern Prometheus”. Frankenstein was written in 1816, (thought by many to be the first real science fiction novel) during the age of Romanticism and it tells the story of a selfish man, Victor Frankenstein, whose ambition conducts him to seek for supernatural powers and leads him to death. He is a young scientist, eager to discover something new, the key to life, help to make scientific advances and let other scientists get a better idea of how the body works and who after studying chemical processes and the decay of living beings, gains an insight into the creation of like, leading him to create a monster that becomes …show more content…
As at that time, pathetic fallacy was quite common. In this case, Mary Shelley uses pathetic fallacy on mainly the skies, and the effect of that on us, instantly tells us a rough idea of what is about to come up. As it was written quite while ago, they had a very different idea of how the human body works and how everything is carried out, and so what Victor was doing, if worked would have shown great opportunities and advances in medical sciences. In addition this is not the only novel that was written in the same century and follows the same gothic tradition. Other names of authors that wrote like this are: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Milton.

Mary Shelley was a young, well-educated woman from England. She was born on August 30th 1797, in London. Her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, was the author of “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”. She died giving birth to Mary, leaving her daughter in the care of her husband, William Godwin. The atmosphere that Mary Shelley grew up in exposed her to cutting-edge ideas, which are shown all throughout the novel. Mary Shelley’s lover, Percy Shelley was a young poet, and as he was already married, her relationship with him wasn’t the smoothest.

Her father and husband were famous radical thinkers and can also be seen as the Romantics, as the Romantics are a group or movement of people that believe that everyone should only act for the good of mankind, otherwise selfishness
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