Frankenstein By Mary Shelley: An Analysis

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Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein wrote the novel as an attempt to be involved into a group ghost story writing competition what she did not know was the effects it would have on literature for the rest of time. The story Frankenstein is about a young man named Victor Frankenstein who is obsessed with discovering something that has never been seen or done. In seeing a tree being stricken by lightning he gets the idea to create life out of dead skins and body parts of the dead to create this being. What he did not know was going to occur was that this monster would be the death of him. Mary Shelley uses the idea of progress which is the consequences or effects of a person or a thing in another one’s doing. Throughout the book Mary Shelley …show more content…

He would eventually meet Henry Clerval, his long and closest companion. This reunion of the two friends seemed to look as if there was still hope for Victor and his life. As this would lead to the reconnecting of Victor’s life. He would reconnect with his father and begin to start a relationship with his adopted sister. Nonetheless, all good thing must eventually come to an end. While Victor was reconnecting with his family and finally getting his life together; the monster was out in the world. Hiding in the shadows the monster would learn knowledge. He learns to comprehend the government, religion, behavior. He even experiences emotion as he cries over the cruelty humans have towards one another. Through these learnings, he also learned the satisfaction of killing. “Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind when it has once seized on it like a lichen on the rock. I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling, but I learned that there was but one means to overcome the sensation of pain, and that was death” (Shelley 142). This understanding of killing would lead to the destruction of Victor Frankenstein. As the monster vows to get his revenge on Victor by taking away everything that he had ever cared about or love. As the monster, would kill accidentally kill William Frankenstein for mocking his ugliness. Doing so would frame Justine but not before leaving clues to his creator. Later the monster kills Henry; and finally he murders Elizabeth on the day of Victor and Elizabeth’s wedding successfully taking everything from Victor that he had ever loved. These events reveal’s Mary Shelley’s ideas of how dangerous and powerful knowledge can

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