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Frankenstein essay
Mary Shelley, the author of the novel Frankenstein was nineteen when she started writing her story. Her husband was a famous poet called Percy Shelley. The Novel Frankenstein was published in March, 1818 when she was twenty-one. Many people believed Mary wrote this novel through the great0 tragedy of her life as she lost her mother when she was a baby. At the time the novel was written, people put their faith in god and believed that God was the only one who could give and take away lives. But after the novel was published, many people see this book as promoting the revolutionary ideas that dominated the political world at the time, since Victor, one of the main characters of this novel defies God by creating life himself. Instead of being the created, Frankenstein takes God’s place and becomes the creator, this can be seen as Frankenstein tries to against the law of nature and at the end we can see he gets punished for his deeds by his own creation. The structure of this story is different to many stories as it was written in “a story within a story” and this makes us have a better understanding about the events that happened in the novel. There are three narrative voices which are Victor Frankenstein, the creation and Robert Walton but Walton is an unbiased narrative because his appearance has nothing to do with what happens through the novel. The first narrative we will look at is Victor Frankenstein; he is a biased narrative voice because as we read his narrative we can only hear his view about the creation which he has considered as a mistake. His views present the fear of society of having too much scientific knowledge. One “dreary night of November” in chapter 5, Victor completed his creation, and believed that the creature would turn out beautiful because he selected parts that he believed were beautiful such as “teeth of a pearly whiteness”, “hair was of a lustrous black” but he soon realized it was a mistake to create such an awful figure by saying “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe” the noun “catastrophe” has a negative effect on us as it shows how disappointed Victor was when he saw how the creation turned out to be. As soon as the creation opened his eyes, however, “the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust “filled his heart, it became a horrible creature. He regretted for creating it and fled from his laboratory, this has a negative impact on us as this shows Victor disgusted and shocked after seeing his own creation. He started calling the creature names by using words such as “miserable monster” and “demonical corpse” which have connotations of evil and death which make us feel the creature was scary and was something that everyone should feared of. At this point we can see that Victor really regretted for thinking that he could cheat death by creating new life. Also in chapter 23, he called the creature a “monster” this allows us to believe that Frankenstein has nothing but negative views about the creature. The fact that Victor uses these names because they all have negative connotations and link to death and also to make the reader to have the same feeling and point of view about the creature as Victor. All the names that Victor has given to the creature dehumanized it, make it sound bad and evil, but Victor also makes us believe that everything around the creature was nothing but bad luck and horrible by using pathetic fallacy such as “the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out” this description can be seen as a typical description of a horror story because it makes us think something bad is going to happen, also indicates Victor’s feeling. Also in chapter 23, Victor described the weather as “pale yellow light of the moon” this suggests wherever the creature was near, Victor felt something bad was going to happen because he believed sooner or later the creature would cause death. We learn...
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