Frankenstein Multiple Perspective Analysis

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Rawlston 1 Savannah Rawlston Pierce English IV 22 April 2014 7.3.8 Multiple-Perspective Analysis Reading Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, one can analyze it in two different ways: from a literary or political standpoint. Both can be supported with evidence from the text, and are equally seen in the writing. Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a revolutionizing piece for its time, not only in its genre, but also in the underlying message presented. Shelley’s character Victor Frankenstein has often been compared to the character of Prometheus. The parallelism between Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus is seen through both of their actions of trying to play God by giving life. Both Frankenstein and Prometheus tried to create their own being or race to worship them, and were punished in the end for their endeavors. In “Frankenstein”, one can see the power struggle between Frankenstein and The Creature. Frankenstein becomes obsessed with his studies and project of creating a human, and in a way becomes power thirsty as he plays God by giving life. When his experiment comes to life, Frankenstein gets scared, thus giving The Creature all of the power he previously held. Victor continues to avoid and run from his creation, leaving all of the power out of his hands. Furthermore, The Creature confronts Victor and demands that he listen to his story, and later demands that he be given a companion. Here we can see where the thirst for power has been transferred, leaving the original man of power in desolation. Looking at the work as a whole, we see a common idea about paying God by giving life, and the aftermath that comes with it. By comparing Frankenstein to Prometheus, and in turn seeing what happens to both characters, we are taught a valuable lesson in knowing our place in the world. The ideas presented by Mary Shelley were monumental in her time, and have

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