Shelley gained huge critical acclaim by writing this novel which is based on an unconventional scientist named Frankenstein who creates a grotesque monster by conducting an experiment. This novel can be…
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Some have considered it quite ironic for a person like Mary Shelley to write a novel in which all female characters have marginal representation compared to the male characters. Shelley was born to a very notable Victorian feminist named Mary Wollstonecraft. Yet, she has portrayed women as creatures of little wisdom or independence in her most distinguished novel. For example, when the text says that “He came like a protecting spirit to the poor girl, who committed herself to his care;” (Shelley 26), it is suggested by Viktor that Caroline, his mother, had no capacity to look after herself and looked up to his father to be taken care of. She clearly has no means to support herself financially and so, marries Viktor’s father for survival. This possessibility of women, depicted in the novel, could be due to the fact that Shelley wrote in a time when women were expected to abide by some rules which were set for them by the conservative society in which they lived. Her novel does not speak of women with spirited enthusiasm, rather they are described in a very ordinary way which makes the readers perceive them as ordinary and powerless. For example, at one point, Viktor speaking of his mother says that in his childhood, “she presented Elizabeth to me as her promised gift” (Shelley 30). Here, it is clear how powerless women then were because Elizabeth, while being unaware herself, is promised by another woman to his child. Elizabeth has no say in this important matter of her life, rather she is treated like an object and handed over to a child.
There is a huge gender gap which is clearly noticeable in Frankenstein. This is even considered a sexist book by many critics. Negative portrayal of women in the novel is traced back by some to the time in which Shelley lived when women were brought up in a such a way that they could not think of
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Therefore, this paper makes a historical reading of the novel, which is one of the earliest products of the modern Western world dealing with the historical backdrop of the period. Significantly, the novel clearly reflects the historical context of the nineteenth century as it appeared to the author, and she presents the upheavals and changes in the socio-political sphere of the Europe during the era.
When romance came to be integrated in the horror novels, the genre of Gothic romance was created. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is such Gothic romance which depicts romance in a setting which evokes horror and fear. This paper will discuss how the plot, characters and even the natural setting in Frankenstein exhibit elements of gothic romance, and how it works with the key aspects of science fiction.
Critical Essay: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley: the monster as ecological disaster? The story of Frankenstein, which was written by Mary Shelley when she was only 19 years of age, has gripped the imagination of readers ever since, and has sparked a whole industry of literary criticism.
When making a management criticism, one studies the various major events that take place in a literary work and their consequences. The decisions that are made by the main characters are analyzed according to the results that come about because of them.
The monster grows to despise itself and generates a lot of hatred toward its creator. In order to hurt him, the monster kills several people close to his creator, Victor, including his wife Elizabeth. The story is horrific in every sense of the word, and to have had such imaginations, Mary Shelley must have had various psychological issues.
Frankenstein is a fictitious novel that has the strong appeal of being scary and is one of the earliest works of horror fiction. Written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the idea of this book was born almost accidentally in 1816, when Ms Shelley was sitting with her friend Lord Byron in an attempt to write a better ghost story than him
This paper will analyse the characters namely, Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein in comparison to their quest for glory which turns disastrous and thus stressing the fact that wrong developments in the modern world could lead to dangerous consequences.
For example, the monster has an intrinsic need to be accepted by society, but is instead scorned, attacked, and shunned due to his external features. This treatment is based solely on the notion that he is, in fact, a monster. At the
but ask myself: aren’t present experiments in the field of creating artificial intelligence, humanoids, even cloning, space probes, similar to what Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton were after, i.e. acquiring and implementation of knowledge in goals highly valued, that is,