Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" Analytical Essay by Calwriter

Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
A look at the importance of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" as a representation of 19th century culture in Victorian England.
# 54611 | 2,475 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 31, 2004 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and, in particular, it looks at how has come to be regarded as connecting important, but widely disparate, elements of 19th century culture in Victorian England. It discusses how, with many apparently conflicting themes such as the domestic ideology of the bourgeoisie family and parenting, on the one hand, and fear of pregnancy, childbirth, and forbidden emotions ranging from the desire to play God and incest on the other, Shelley's "Frankenstein" is often seen as a complex mosaic, which lends itself to varying interpretations. It also explores whether the adoption of such a contextual framework helps to clarify the divisions in Shelley's work between conformist and challenging views of gender- balanced roles both in society and within the make-up of the individual personality.

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