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,…