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

Throughout the decades since Shelley's Frankenstein was initially presented, a number of critics h*****ve written critiques of the *****, many of them alluding to the creator-Father role, or the st*****y of Adam ***** the Bible, or the tale of Adam's son Cain, also from the Bible. Others have noted the allusions to King Arthur in the story, Arthur sired an illegitimate son who *****n pursues the King in a life-long effort to ga***** what he cannot 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 son ***** Zeus ***** who lives a short and unhappy life while struggling in va***** to find a niche for himself in ***** world filled with humans who admire ***** strength and courage, but fear his unpredictable temper" (Thompson, 2006, p. 81).

Dr. Frankenste*****'s creature finds himself in much the same circumstances, pursuing a cr*****sh course with the doctor, haunted by ***** fact that ***** creator is so abhorred that 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 ***** the creature seems to be espousing the principle, 'if you won't love me, you ***** get to love anyone else.'

***** doc*****r discovers "For the first ti*****, also, I felt ***** the du*****es of a cre*****tor ***** 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 Frankenste***** ***** his new bride murdered by the creature he ***** ***** ***** it is here ***** he begins to realize that a life can be used to enhance earthly surroundings, or a life ***** be ***** to cre*****te despair, m*****ery, anger and fear. It is also at t***** poin***** that he ********** his own lamentable life to the creature, calling out, "Alas! Life is obstinate ***** clings closest where it ***** ***** hated" (Shelley, 2003, p. 173). This begs ***** question, does he truly hate his life, or has he just come to the conclusion that man should not seek a Godlike stature, such arrogance may just backfire in a most des*****ic*****ble way.

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


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