Frankenstein and the poem “A Work of Artifice” portray almost the same message. These pieces by Mary Shelley and Marge Piercy include both similar themes and ideas. The stories both involve a theme of misconception, similar characters in which is easily depicted, and the theme of alienation and loneliness presents itself in both pieces. The tree in “A Work of Artifice” and the monster in Frankenstein are outcasts on society itself, the main characters of each are actually very similar and so is the misconception that falls on both main characters in both pieces of work.
There is a misconception presented in both the needs and wants of both the creature in Frankenstein and the bonsai tree in “A Work of Artifice”. “It is your nature to be small and cozy, domestic and weak; how lucky, little tree, to have a pot to grow in” (Piercy 12-16). In the gardeners mind, the creator of this bonsai tree, he feels that this is what the tree wants and this is what he believes is best for the tree but the tree itself wants nothing of this and just wants to grow and prosper. “As I looked on him, his countenance expressed the utmost extent of malice and treachery. I thought with a sensation of madness on my promise of creating another like to him, and trembling with passion, tore to pieces the thing on which I was engaged. The wretch saw me destroy the creature on whose future existence he depended for happiness, and with a howl of devilish despair and revenge, withdrew” (Shelley 147). Victor Frankenstein, the creator of this creature, places restraints on the creature just like the gardener places a restraint on his bonsai tree. It is obvious that the wants of both the bonsai tree and the creature are not understood by either of their creators. If an owner does not necessarily understand the wants and needs of the thing that he owns, it is a giant misconception right there in itself. The monster would like to stop living alone and longs for a partner to go along in his life...
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