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

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***** 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 philosophical response from its readers.

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

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

Dr. Frankenstein's creature finds himself in much the same circumstances, pursuing 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 ***** get to love anyone else.'

***** ***** discovers "For the first time, also, I felt ***** ***** duties of a crea*****r ***** his creature were" (Shelley, 2003, p. 91). Perha*****s the good doctor is d*****covering that his love ***** to ***** directed at only himself, through the egotistical application of science in at attempt ***** become like God.

On page 173 Frankenste***** discovers his new bride murdered by the ***** he ***** ***** 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, m*****ery, anger and fear. It is also at this point that he *****fers his own lamentable life to the creature, calling out, "Alas! Life is obstinate and clings closest where it ***** most hated" (Shelley, 2003, p. 173). This begs the question, does he truly hate his life, or has he just come to the conclusion ***** man should not seek a Godlike stature, such arrogance may just backfire in a most despic*****ble way.

What is ***** interesting is that ***** doctor in*****ially believes he is doing a good thing by creating another 'human' being, yet the creature, when given the same choice between ***** and evil, ultimately chooses evil. The story is very similar to the story in the ***** that details the fall of Satan, ***** ***** expelled ***** the heavens after *****ing to assume the glory


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