Literary Criticism of "Frankenstein" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Literary Criticism of "Frankenstein"
A review of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" through three different perspectives.
# 40020 | 2,501 words | 4 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 04, 2003 in Literature (English)

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This paper explores three forms of literary critique identifying "Frankenstein" and its traits, and assesses them in terms of a formal, a historical, and a feminist perspective. The paper highlights how all three critiques show how "Frankenstein" showcases the manipulations of humanity against nature and how problematic this process can be.

Assessing the Topic using a Formal Source
Assessing the Topic using a Historical Source
Assessing the Topic using a Feminist Source
Conclusion: "Frankenstein" from Three Specific Perceptions

From the Paper:

"This type of treatment is supported throughout the story by Shelly's contrast of spoken statement versus physical gesture or perception formed from such a gesture, be it facial or bodily. Juengel appears entirely correct in finding that the physical characteristics that are found throughout this book contribute more to the story than the words in many ways, for the words at points seem to undermine the tone of the story and the overall impact of the horror of a monster loose in the world is thereby diminished.
"In providing this type of assessment, it can be seen that Juengel is expanding upon a type of literary method that Shelly herself chose to explore in her initial writing, where the emphasis upon action over statement serves to characterize the characters themselves better than anything they might have said. Victor suggests that he is a good and righteous man, yet his actions betray such thoughts. Elizabeth prattles aimlessly throughout much of the story, but she behaves in a tenderness towards her family that demonstrates intelligence. Even the monster, suggests Juengel, has facial expressions of sorrow that better emphasize his pain and suffering than even his eloquent statements convey."

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