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 ***** same story were published for today's society it would probably engender a more philosophical response from its readers.

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

***** 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 ***** strength and courage, but fear his unpredictable temper" (Thompson, 2006, p. 81).

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

***** doctor discovers "For the first ti*****, al*****, I felt what the du*****es of a cre*****tor towards his creature were" (Shelley, 2003, p. 91). Perha*****s the good doctor is discovering that his love seems to be directed at only himself, through the egotistical application of science in at attempt to become like God.

On page 173 Frankenstein discovers his new bride murdered by the ***** he ***** created ***** it is here ***** he begins to realize that a life c*****n be used to enhance earthly surroundings, or a life can be used to create despair, m*****ery, anger and 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 ***** hated" (*****, 2003, p. 173). This begs the question, does he truly hate his *****, or has he just come to t***** conclusion ***** man should no***** seek a *****like stature, such arrogance may just backfire in a most des*****icable way.

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


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