Ethics and Morality: "Frankenstein" and "Richard III" Comparison Essay by Nicky

Ethics and Morality: "Frankenstein" and "Richard III"
A comparative analysis of the themes of ethics and morality in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and William Shakepeare's "Richard III".
# 148967 | 1,240 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 16, 2011 in Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Richard II and III)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper attempts to analyze how ethics and morality are embodied in "Frankenstein" and "Richard III" through a brief examination of both stories. It begins with "Frankenstein" and discusses how as a creator, Victor Frankenstein had an ethical responsibility towards the creation of the monster. The paper then questions how Richard III was bereft of a moral sense and how in his desire for the throne, he set out to kill everyone in his path.

From the Paper:

"The daemon that Frankenstein created was gentle and sensitive at the beginning. Just like any child, it was curious about everything there is in the world. It yearned to be loved. However, all of these initial characteristics changed largely because of its isolation. Having experienced only cruel encounters with humans, Frankenstein's daemon became bitter and revengeful. And because of its hideous appearance which all human feared, the monster was forced to hide itself, away from people. Frankenstein's daemon yearned most for nothing else but to feel that it belongs to a group or to someone. However, its hideous appearance prevented Frankenstein's daemon to establish any meaningful connection with another human being. This drove the monster to become vengeful to its creator. It ended up killing the people who are most dear to Victor Frankenstein."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • California State University, Northridge. 2007. 9 June 2009. <>
  • Donnelley, Connor. Conscience with the New Millenium. 8 June 2009 <>.
  • Hall, Richard, Dennis, Carolyn Brown, Chipman, Tere. The Ethical Foundations of Criminal Justice. New York: CRC Press, 1999.
  • Kain, Joseph. "The Human Situation in Creators of Life and Their Creations". Lehigh University Digital Library. 9 June 2009 <>.
  • Shakespeare, William. Richard III. New York: University Society, 1901.

Cite this Comparison Essay:

APA Format

Ethics and Morality: "Frankenstein" and "Richard III" (2011, November 16) Retrieved July 04, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Ethics and Morality: "Frankenstein" and "Richard III"" 16 November 2011. Web. 04 July. 2020. <>