"Candide" and "Frankenstein" - Notable Sections Book Review by Nicky

"Candide" and "Frankenstein" - Notable Sections
A look at notable sections of Voltaire's "Candide" and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."
# 149498 | 1,114 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2011 in Literature (English) , Literature (French)

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In this review of Voltaire's "Candide" and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" the reviewer highlights favorite sections of each text further noting why they appealed to him. First, the paper addresses various sections of "Candide" and the lessons that can be learned from certain characters and events in the work. In particular, Pangloss, who claims to be a philosopher, is discussed in light of his not being what he claimed to be. The reviewer sees Voltaire as having a message through this character. Then, the paper analyzes some sections of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." The reviewers favorite sections are cited and examined. The paper concludes with the reviewers reflections on why he enjoyed both of these works and the lessons they embody.

From the Paper:

"One of my favorite parts of Frankenstein is how Victor went through the stages of figuring out how to create his being. I enjoyed how Shelley describes how much Victor worked day and night, isolating himself from everyone he knew. Victor becomes so blinded by his own desire that he begins to think that he has somehow been selected to possess a special knowledge that no other man has possessed. He is the chosen one for this task. He studied hard and dedicated himself to his mission and no one can deny that the man had a passion for his work. I thought how Victor went to the graveyards and spent time in the charnel houses was exceptional to the feel of the story. Victor admits that he saw how the "worm inherited the wonders of the eye and brain" (Shelley 37). He is not sickened by this sight but more mesmerized by it as he can see the "change from life to death, and death to life, until from the midst of this darkness" (37). He admits that sees the light, as it were, to the secret of life and feels blessed ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Bantam Books. 1981.
  • Voltaire. Candide and Other Stories. New York: Signet Classics. 1961.

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