A Piece Of Science-Fiction In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Just as Frankenstein’s monster was the first of a new species of being, so Mary Shelley’s novel was the first of a species of book. Frankenstein is generally accepted to be the first ever science-fiction story (Stableford, 1995), and it incorporates themes that are now considered to be at the core of the genre. However at the time of writing, the genre of science-fiction did not exist, since she had yet to create it. It is therefore imperative to examine how Shelley’s work functions as a piece of gothic literature, taking into account all of the accompanying symbolism and imagery that entails. The passage in question forms the opening of chapter five in Shelley’s novel and takes place relatively early on in the narrative. It is a pivotal moment, as it is in this scene that Frankenstein successfully animates his creation after months of painstakingly assembling it at his Ingolstadt abode. The monster comes to life and we witness Frankenstein’s horrified reaction as he flees in terror. The events of this passage are to shape the future plot of the book, as the monster gets its first impression of humanity, and Frankenstein is struck by the reality of what he has done. In the final line of the passage Frankenstein claims in reference to his creation of the…show more content…
The monster is marginalised within the novel, only getting the chance to tell his story long after events have already transpired. This renders him essentially voiceless and unable to explain his actions or defend himself. Indeed, even when he is given the opportunity to present his version of events, it is insufficient to sway the doctor’s opinion of him as doubt and mistrust continue to plague his creator’s mind. The monster is therefore essentially a subordinate character, completely at the mercy of those individuals who are able to express their

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