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 have written critiques of the story, many of them alluding to the creator-Father role, or the story of Adam from the Bible, or ***** tale of Adam's son Cain, also from the Bible. Others ***** noted the allusions to King Arthur in ***** story, Arthur sired an illegitimate son who then pursues the King in a life-long effort to ga***** what he cannot ever have 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 ***** 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 his strength and courage, ***** fear ***** unpredictable temper" (Thompson, 2006, p. 81).

Dr. Frankenstein's creature finds himself in much the same circumstances, pursu*****g a cr*****sh course with ***** doctor, haunted by the fact that his 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.'

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

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

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


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