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 ***** *****, many of them alluding to the crea*****r-Fat***** role, or the story of Adam from the Bible, or the tale of ********** son Cain, also from the Bible. Others have noted the allusions to King Arthur in the *****, ***** sired an illegitimate son who then pursues the King in a life-long eff*****t ***** ga***** what he cannot 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 vain ***** 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 *****, pursuing a cr*****sh course with ***** doctor, haunted by the fact that his creator is so abhorred that he wishes he had never created him. The creature, ***** the entire story seeks to justify his existence through acts ***** violence directed towards those individuals the doctor loves most. It's ironic that the creature seems to be espousing the principle, 'if you won't love me, you won't get to love anyone else.'

***** ***** discovers "For the first time, al*****, I felt ***** ***** duties of a creator towards his creature were" (Shelley, 2003, p. 91). Perhaps the good doctor is d*****covering 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 Frankenstein ***** his new bride murdered by the ***** he had created and it is here ***** he begins to realize that a life can be used to enhance earthly surroundings, or a life ***** be ***** to create despair, misery, anger ***** fear. It is also at this point that he offers his own lamentable life to the creature, calling out, "Alas! Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is ***** 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 despicable way.

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


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