Ambivalence and Ambiguity in "Frankenstein" Analytical Essay by kew

Ambivalence and Ambiguity in "Frankenstein"
An analysis of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein". An examination of the themes and writing style in included.
# 2280 | 2,395 words | 1 source | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 16, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Film (General)

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This paper investigates the issues of ambivalence and ambiguity in Mary Shelley?s "Frankenstein". The author claims that Shelley herself had some trouble making personal convictions on issues such as ambition and nature. It also contains information on current criticism circulating about this work.

From the Paper:

?Many shudder at the mere mention of the words ambiguity and ambivalence. It seems almost against human nature to be satisfied with it. We are constantly searching for the answer, whether it is the quest of the answer to what it is that brings about life or a longing to find the answer to the reason man was placed on this earth. However, it is debatable whether or not this aspect of humanity is commendable or condemnable. According to Frankenstein, Mary Shelley believes that there is some comfort to be sought in ambivalence and in ambiguity. Rather than being so pretentious as to believe that we can find the answer to everything, she addresses both sides to the questions brought up in the themes of the book. She finds two answers to each question she addresses. Victor should both be condemned for taking his Promethean desires too far, and congratulated for trying to move forward in the field of science. Walton should both move forward towards his goals of discovery and exploration, and abandon his dreams in order to protect human life. Nature should both be left alone, and cultivated by human hands.?

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