Essay - Frankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein May Have Caused a Horrific Reaction...

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein may have caused a horrific re*****ction from the reading public during her era, but if the same story were published for today's society it would probably engender a more philosophic*****l response from *****s readers.

Throughout ***** decades since Shelley's ***** was initially presented, a number of critics ***** written critiques of the *****, many of them alluding to the creator-Fat***** role, or the story of Adam from the Bible, or ***** tale of Adam's son Cain, also from the Bible. Others have noted the allusions to King Arthur in the *****, Arthur sired an illegitimate son who ********** pursues the King in a life-long effort ***** gain what he c*****not ever have due to ***** circumstances of his birth.

One critic states; "scattered throughout Frankenstein are several subtle echoes of the demi-god Hercules - the illegitimate and neglected ***** of Zeus ***** who lives a short and unhappy life while struggling in vain to find a niche for himself in a world filled with humans who admire his strength and courage, but fear ***** unpredictable temper" (Thompson, 2006, p. 81).

Dr. Frankenste*****'s creature finds himself in much the same circumstances, pursu*****g a crash course with the doctor, haunted by ***** fact that his creator is so abhorred ***** he wishes he had never created him. The creature, ***** the entire story seeks to justify his existence through acts of violence directed towards those individuals the doctor loves most. It's ironic that the creature seems to be espousing ***** principle, 'if you won't love me, you won't get to love anyone else.'

***** doc*****r discovers "For the first ti*****, al*****, I felt ***** ***** du*****es of a ***** tow*****rds his creature were" (Shelley, 2003, p. 91). Perhaps the good doctor is discovering that his love ***** to be directed at only himself, through the egotistical application of science in at attempt to become like God.

On page 173 Frankenstein ***** his new bride murdered by the creature he had created and it is here that he begins to realize ***** a life c*****n be used to enhance earthly surroundings, or a life c*****n be ***** to create despair, misery, anger ***** fear. It is also at t***** poin***** that he offers his own lamentable life to the creature, calling out, "Alas! Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated" (Shelley, 2003, p. 173). This begs ***** question, does he truly hate his life, or has he just come to t***** conclusion ********** man should not seek a Godlike stature, such arrogance may just backfire in a most des*****icable way.

What is truly interesting is that the doctor ***** believes he ***** doing a ***** thing ***** creating ano*****r 'human' being, yet t***** creature, when given the same choice between good and evil, ultimately chooses *****. The story is very similar to ***** story in the Bible that details the fall of Satan, ***** ***** expelled from the heavens after ********** to assume the glory


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