What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred but I was unable to solve them.” Readers may also find it easy to sympathise with The Monster as Shelley is very critical of Frankenstein. For example, in Chapter 15 when the Monster is talking about Frankenstein’s journal that documented his creation, the Monster says ““Everything is related in them which bares reference to my accursed origin; the whole detail of that series of disgusting circumstances which produced it is set in view; the minutest description of my odious and loathsome person is given, in language which painted your own horrors and rendered mine indelible.
Frankenstein: The Traditional Gothic Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is, without a doubt, an iconic piece of Gothic literature. The Gothic genre evokes dread and horror within its readers and explores the extremes of human emotion, the unknown and supernatural, destiny, and impending doom. The story of Victor Frankenstein’s quest for knowledge and the tragedy which befell him when he tried to equal God and nature has filled the hearts and minds of readers with sadness, terror, and intrigue. The creature which he breathed life into has become a symbol of the dangers of science and how an innocent soul can be driven to barbarism. Overtime, the novel has become synonymous with gothic literature.
Other similarities are they are both tormented. Frankenstein suffers the guilt of creating such an atrocious monster, who kills many of his close relatives, and Prometheus is tortured by the hawk; forced to do the job of moving the boulder to the top of the hill, which then rolls back down. It is said that anything that is
Frankenstein is an ambitious and determined character with obsessive tendencies, and poor judgement but also a character who sometimes lack clear understanding and it is these character flaws which result in his ultimate demise. He is describes as having the appearance of one who’s ‘spirit had been broken by misery’ and having an “expression of wildness…even madness”. In Frankenstein’s first appearance in the novel, he emerges from a ‘very thick fog’. This fog could be seen as symbolic- Frankenstein’s ‘vision’ is clouded and the fog could be considered a symbol of this. He is exceedingly ambitious and acknowledges that it was the knowledge of life and death that he sought.
Domestic affection is the sense of belonging and love one feels when people are accepted by family and friends. Shelly believes that when people loses this affection they begin to make immoral decisions and lose their sense of humanity, and this is when they become truly monstrous. When Frankenstein is read from this perspective, the creature isn’t the only monster in the story. Robert Walton, captain of the ship, also has the potential to be monstrous, and so too do victor, the general population, and the social institutions within the world of Frankenstien. Through the actions committed in the play, Victor Frankenstein becomes one of the most monstrous characters in the story.
Terrified of what he has created, Doctor Frankenstein hides away while the monster wanders about causing havoc in the town and eventually returns to seek revenge on his creator1. Shelley uses the characters in this document as metaphors, Doctor Frankenstein metaphorically represent an anti-Romanticist as well as an anti-feminist because he tries to outwit nature by creating life from death and also trying to create life without a female partner. This seems relevant to the time because Romanticism, which is the love of nature and its untamable and unpredictable power, was popular as stated above. The monster that Doctor Frankenstein creates can be seen as a metaphoric character that represents the fear of advancements in enlightenment science because the monster is a scientific creation that many fear that eventually scientists may create. The document analysis essay will further elaborate, discuss and support these points mentioned above.
By the monster killing William, the monster is representing Frankenstein’s evil side in the most malicious way. Victor’s fear of sex is also evident throughout the novel. Upon being told his mother’s last wishes for him to marry Elizabeth he exclaims ‘Alas! To me the idea of an immediate union with my Elizabeth was one of horror and dismay!’ revealing his innermost fears of an intimate sexual relationship. This is also evident in his nightmare in chapter five as he dreams ‘as I
English Frankenstein: response to reading How does Mary Shelley create tension and suspense in chapter five of ‘Frankenstein’? I shall address how Mary Shelly creates fear and tension, through analyzing her novel ‘Frankenstein’. The story notes that a character called Vector brings new life to a dead body, which creates the monster. The monster gains no love from the world and ultimately causes chaos. At first, I will analyze how Mary Shelly creates an eerie and ghostly atmosphere of her novel.
Comparison of Frankenstein and Blade Runner While Blade Runner is a collaborative work of the twentieth century using technological mediums, Frankenstein is a more traditional novel written as part of a competition to see who could create the most Gothic (horror) story using language. The two are separated by two hundred years and yet share many of the same concerns. BLADE RUNNER | FRANKENSTEIN | Blade Runner1 is a Ridley Scott adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?As a dystopia (dark future) it uses the glazed cinematic techniques of film noir that tends to distance us from the characters and actions. More @ Cinematic Techniques: | This is a Gothic Novel. Mary claims the inspiration for her story came from a vision she had during a dream.
When she went to vacation at Lord Byron's house, she and her colleagues would talk about different scientific things and the possiblitiy of reanimating the dead. There are many different influences from her life that had an effect on the story. One of the influences is the discussion about reanimating the dead, this is a major influence on the story because in the novel Dr. Victor Frankenstein decides to create a monster. Another influence that had a major part in the novel was how in Mary Shelley's life there was a lot of death. This is a major influence as well because Victor Frankenstein had also had his fair share of death within his family.