Essay on The Real Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein is a classic horror novel, but with a twist of many other genres. Written by Mary Shelley, it was a novel which mixed many exciting elements, such as horror, drama and romance. The story follows a young doctor named Victor Frankenstein, who has an obsession to reincarnate the dead, but his attempts at this fail horribly, and
Victor finds himself in deep peril, as the monster stalks him throughout the world. I aim to investigate the issue, however, of who is the true monster in Frankenstein. The monster or Frankenstein himself? Mary Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein, was a highly intellectual and creative woman, one of the elite writers in Britain. Her inspiration for Frankenstein was taken from several things.
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When Percy Shelley's (Shelley’s first lover then husband) first wife, Harriet, drowned in London in 1816, rescuers took her body to a “station” of sorts in London. Normally, smelling salts, electricity, shaking and artificial respiration had been used to restore drowning victims to life. Unfortunately, Harriet did not survive the treatments.

When Frankenstein began to make his creature, his dreams were of a beautiful creature (despite the graveyards and hospitals he had raided of dead corpses), a creature with intellectuality, strength and a capacity of love that would surpass man in all of these areas. Despite raiding graveyards, Frankenstein created the body with (what he thought to be) the finest body parts available at the time. However, when Frankenstein realizes that he has just looked at the body as individual parts, for example the “pearly teeth”, “blue eyes”,
“lustrous black hair”, but he had not looked at the body as a whole.
When he did, he realized he had created an abomination,
“Beautiful-Great God! His Yellow skin barely covered the work of arteries and muscles beneath!” When Frankenstein comes to this realization, he flees, “now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart”.
Frankenstein regarded the creature as ugly, evil, inhuman, unflattering to the eye, and vulgar, like a monster. He believes the creature is his to own or disown at will,
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