Analysing Questionable Motifs in Frankenstein

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Discuss and compare questionable motives within ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘In Cold Blood’ The extracts I have chosen are ‘Frankenstein’ (page 102-104) and ‘In Cold Blood’ (page 135-137). My first extract from 'In Cold Blood' begins with perry a criminal describing when he is arrested at Mexico city hotel, he expresses himself in a way that portrays his lack of education as well as his continuous frustration with life. The extract then goes on to present a letter written to Perry from his sister Barbara she begins with phatic conversation and then begins to pick up a more formal type of discourse which suggests to the reader that she is aware other people may be reading her letter ; such as authority figures dealing with her brothers case. The extract from Frankenstein concentrates on the 3rd narrative voice where Victor expresses his resentment towards the creature by which of course the creature responds in a violent manner. Contextually these extracts could be linked with each other; the Gothic characteristics of Frankenstein could leave the actions of both the creature and Frankenstein justifiable due to the society’s interest in scientific knowledge. Alike Frankenstein ‘In Cold Blood’ uses the science of psychology to analyse whether Perry’s childhood could be held responsible for his sadistic actions. Resentment, responsibility and justice are some motives which are bought forth in both extracts whereas the creature in Frankenstein has a seemingly justifiable motive to his actions; Perry’s heartless actions have no sense of motivation at all; his actions are cold and unjust. Similarly Victor , the creature’s creator also does not wish to be held responsible for his actions. In ‘Frankenstein’ we see the monster being rejected which inevitably reflects on his rehearsed motives within society for example the murders the creature imposed on the innocent members of the society. The monster experiences feelings of anger and destruction which develop throughout the novel due to the way he is treated by his peers and his creator. ‘Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?’ this quote shows us that the monster was not only very sad but also filled with an overwhelming anger. Mary Shelley portrays the creature as having unclear motives however she allows it to adopt an idiolect which is emotive in a way that expresses his aggravation and current state of seclusion. The verbs he uses reflects the motive of gaining knowledge. Victor constructed this creature because he was attempting to surpass the boundaries of humanity and access the key to creating new life. The creature in the previous quote is referring to the concept of the pursuit of knowledge. In 1818 when Mary Shelley first wrote this novel she was currently in an era of scientific and Gothic nature which is portrayed vividly in the malicious actions of the creature against society; but also by Frankenstein in his creation of the 'wretched' creature. This resentment becomes much more directed further into the novel ‘I will glut the maw of death, until satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.’ Personification and hellish imagery portray the creature’s enduring anger. Shelley writes in dual narrative within this extract which allows the reader to focus on the narrative and configure their own personal opinion of the characters, the novel allows this by articulating two different view points via the dual narrative. Responsibility for your actions is a motive which is repeatedly appealed within this extract of ‘In Cold Blood’; it is evident that Perry does not wish to be held responsible for his actions and his sister can clearly see this ‘I truthfully feel none of us have anyone to blame for whatever we have done with our own personal lives. It has been proven that at the age of 7 most of us have reached the age of reason- which means we do , at this age, understand &...
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