Frankenstein - A Critique of the Monster and the Family Analytical Essay by Nicky

Frankenstein - A Critique of the Monster and the Family
A look at interpretations of "Frankenstein" both in film and literature.
# 149691 | 2,780 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2011 in Literature (English)

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This paper analyzes various interpretation of the story of Frankenstein , as it is presented in Mary Shelley's novel and in modern film. Additionally, the paper explores the controversies in this story as viewed in Victorian times and today. First, the paper gives a plot summary of the novel, further discussing issues at the time of its writing. The paper also examines the characters of Victor Frankenstein and the monster, emphasizing the monster's isolation in the world and instances of his abandonment in the novel. These concepts are considered in relation to the Frankenstein family. According to the paper, Shelley presents social criticism through the events in her novel which challenged so many aspects of Victorian society. The paper concludes by noting the differences in how the Victorian versus modern reader would critique this work.

From the Paper:

"Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, was published in 1818, anonymously; with Mary Shelley's name appearing in the 1831-second edition. The book combines numerous elements of the Gothic novel, the Romantic revolution, warnings against industrialization, and philosophical concerns about the power of Man versus God. To contemporary audiences, the plot is simple: a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, learns to create life in the "image" of man, but one larger than average and more powerful. Over the course of time, Frankenstein's creation learns to fear man, and spends a year living near a cottage and observing the family he never had. It is through these observations that the creature evolves his humanity - his physical appearance may be different, but his soul cries out for the same things as an human - love, compassion, company, friendship, conversation, and simply to "belong." The creature finally confronts Frankenstein, demanding a true family and father, and begs for a companion, since no human will accept him. The creature promises that if Frankenstein makes a female companion for him, he will never again appear in the scientists' life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bartlett, A. (2007-08). "Keeping the Monster at a Distance: Artificial Humanity and Victimary Otherness - Frankenstein and the Problem of Modern Science." Anthropoetics. 13 (3): Cited in:
  • Feldman, P.R. and D. Scott-Kilvert. (1987). "The Journals of Mary Shelley." Clarendon Press.
  • Fisch A A., Anne Mellor, and Ester Schor. (1993). The Other Mary Shelly; Beyond Frankenstein. Oxford University Press.
  • Gigante, D. (2000). "Facing the Ugly: The Case of Frankenstein." English Literary History. 67(2): 565-87.
  • Mellor, Anne. (1988). Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters: Routledge.

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