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Frankenstein

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 philosophic*****l response from its readers.

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

Dr. Frankenste*****'s creature finds himself in much the same circumstances, pursu*****g a crash course ***** the doctor, haunted by the fact that ***** creator is so abhorred ***** he wishes he had never created him. The creature, ***** ***** 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.'

The ***** discovers "For the first time, also, I felt ***** the duties of a cre**********r towards his creature were" (Shelley, 2003, p. 91). Perha*****s the good doctor is discovering that his love seems to ***** 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 had ***** and it is here that he begins to realize that a life can be used to enhance earthly surroundings, or a life c*****n be used to create despair, misery, anger ***** fear. ********** is also at this point that he ********** his own lamentable life to the *****, calling out, "Alas! Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated" (*****, 2003, p. 173). This begs the question, does he truly hate his *****, or has he just come to ***** conclusion that man should not seek a Godlike stature, such arrogance may just backfire in a ***** des*****ic*****ble way.

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

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