Elements of Fiction

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“Science fiction is that class of prose narrative treating of a situation that could not arise in the world we know, but which is hypothesized on the basis of some innovation in science or technology, or pseudo-technology, whether human or extra-terrestrial in origin,” once said a man by the name of Kingsley Amis. With this said it can definitely be determined that Frankenstein is a science fiction novel. However, what elements make this piece of literature a work of science fiction?

To begin, Frankenstein bestows life in a lifeless creature made from the bodies of corpses. This is the first example that shows how this story is an example of a science fiction. The example can be found in the fourth chapter of the book and reads as, “With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.” It is clearly impossible to create life, such as Victor did in the story. Robotics is the closest thing in this day of age that even slightly resembles the monster in the story. Yet a robot is still nowhere near as advanced as the Frankenstein creature was. Giving life to a dead object is impossible at least for now, which is why this part will remain to be fiction in this book.

Intelligent conversation and the ability to read are both skills that people have to learn to be capable of using them. The Frankenstein creature does devote himself to learn these things for two years; however I do not think this to be very realistic, showing another example of fiction. The creature of this story really never had any real human contact yet he was still able to pick up the language. I admit...
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