English Frankenstein Essay

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“For the first time I felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature were and that I ought to render him happy before I complain of his wickedness.” In the light of victors Frankenstein’s comment, discuss Mary Shelly’s presentation of creators and creations in Frankenstein.
The unnatural creation is seen to cause terrible foreboding. Shelly portrays the act of creating another being to require monumental amounts of responsibility, which she shows by the structuring of the novel. The consequences of disregarding these are seen to be profound adversities and finally death, due to the unbreakable bond that forms between the monster and the creator.
Mary Shelly uses the deliberate structure of Frankenstein to make statements of the nature of creation. Shelly makes uses of embedded narratives, embedding both the story of victor and Frankenstein in Walton’s letters. Using the concentric ring model, at the heart of the story is the monster as the driving force, such as the deeper we get into the novel the more distanced we feel from Walton and in parallel we relate to the monster on an escalating scale. This narrative distance is used to mirror other distances in the book such as Frankenstein detaches himself from the moral standards of humans and his family and the monster distance from humanity. This could be a hidden warning of Mary shelly about the dangers of creation and science. In addition, Frankenstein’s creature can send forth ripples of effects most intensely towards its creator and then unto humans represented by Walton. The embedding of the monster could connote that the ripples being consequential as in Frankenstein, or favourable are subsequently due to the actions of both the creator and humankind and Also by using embedded narratives, Shelly is able to make the novel more convincing, as the narratives of three characters agrees with the same storyline. This therefore makes shelly warning more foreboding.
Furthermore a creation is seen to be a creator’s responsibility and it is meant to be the natural instinct of a parent to feel this immediately, yet it was Frankenstein’s “first time”. This highlights the unnaturalness of the monster, and could be shelly insinuating that whatever “wickedness” the “abomination” has acquired, it is predominately to Frankenstein’s accountability, as he did not perform his parental duties. The monster evilness is breed from deprivation of a personal relationship with its creator, or humans in general. Percy shelly agreeing with the Roseau’s table rasa theory said “treat a person ill and he would become wicked” showing that the monster wasn’t born evil, and only perpetrated evil acts due to the rejection it endured from humans in general. God in “the paradise lost” is a direct contrast to Frankenstein’s relationship with his creation; he had a personal connection creating humans in his image, with purpose and meaning. This makes Frankenstein’s endeavour to...

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