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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 the 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 have written critiques ***** the *****, many of *****m alluding to the creator-Father role, or the st*****y of Adam from the Bible, or ***** tale of *****'s son Cain, also from the Bible. Others ***** noted the allusions to King Arthur in ***** story, ***** sired an illegitimate son who then pursues the King in a life-long effort to gain 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 of Zeus - who lives a short and unhappy life while struggling in vain ***** find a niche for himself in ***** world filled with humans who admire ***** strength and courage, ***** fear his unpredictable temper" (Thompson, 2006, p. 81).

Dr. Frankenstein's creature finds himself in much the same circumstances, pursu*****g a cr*****sh course ***** the 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 ***** the creature seems to be espousing the principle, 'if you won't love me, you ***** get to love anyone else.'

***** ***** discovers "For the first time, also, I felt ***** the duties of a ***** *****w*****rds 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 ***** become like God.

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

What is ***** interesting is ***** the doctor initially believes he is doing a ***** thing by creating another 'human' being, yet the creature, when given ***** same choice between good and evil, ultimately chooses evil. 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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