How Does Shelley Present Monstrosity In Frankenstein

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A Monstrous Assembly: “The Modern Prometheus” Prometheus, a titan in Greek Mythology, is proclaimed to be the creator of mankind. However, the crux surrounding Prometheus is that he created people with fire stolen from Mount Olympus. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, presents the story of a man who has an unquenched thirst for knowledge. Thus, pushing him off of the brink of insanity, allowing his character to explore a soon to be familiar world of monstrosity and is exposed to imminent risk of disaster. This calamity is then presented when Victor is faced upon an eight foot tall, seemingly unnatural creature. It is then deemed to be a “monster” due to its abnormal creation and grotesque mien, which was ironically carried out by Victor. Frankenstein maintains its relevancy to a modern audience through its powerful themes. The creature presented is generally …show more content…

However, if you examine the overall execution Victor carries through, you soon realize everything varying from the products used to assemble the creature to the staggering features it possess such as its eight foot four height and sewn together parts, is anything but normal. In fact, the most common definition regarding a monster is it posses large, ugly, and frightening qualities; all in which Shelley mentions the creature possess throughout the novel. Victor, as he peacefully goes for a hike is faced with the creature once again and the first thoughts that came to him upon seeing his creation are, “...its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy daemon, to whom I had given life” (Shelley, 83.) This text exemplifies the fact that even the creatures creator, deemed it as an excruciatingly unsatisfying thing to look at and its deformities were extremely

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