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 reaction from the reading public during her era, but if the same story were published for today's society it would probably engender a more philosophic*****l response from its readers.

Throughout ***** decades since Shelley's Frankenstein was initially presented, a number of critics have written critiques of the *****, many of them alluding to the creator-Fat***** role, or the story of Adam from the Bible, or ***** tale of *****'s son Cain, also from the Bible. Others ***** noted the allusions to King Arthur in ***** s*****ry, Arthur sired an illegitimate son who then pursues the King in a life-long effort to gain what he cannot ever have due ***** ***** circumstances of his birth.

One critic states; "scattered throughout Frankenstein are several subtle echoes of the demi-god Hercules - the illegitimate and neglected ***** ***** Zeus ***** who lives a short and unhappy life while struggling in va***** 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. Frankenstein's creature finds himself in much the same *****, pursu*****g a crash course with ***** doc*****r, 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.'

The doctor discovers "For the first ti*****, al*****, I felt what the du*****es of a cre*****tor towards his creature were" (Shelley, 2003, p. 91). Perhaps the good doctor is d*****covering 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 Frankenste***** ***** his new bride murdered by the ***** he had created and it is here that he begins to realize ***** a life can be used to enhance earthly surroundings, or a life can be ***** to create despair, m*****ery, anger and fear. It is also at this point that he offers his own lamentable life to the creature, calling out, "Alas! Life is obstinate ***** clings closest where it is ***** hated" (Shelley, 2003, p. 173). This begs ***** question, does he truly hate his *****, or has he just come to the conclusion that man should not seek a ********** stature, such arrogance may just backfire in a most despicable way.

What is ***** interesting is that ***** doctor initially believes he ***** doing a ***** 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 the story in the Bible that details the fall of Satan, ***** is expelled ***** the heavens after ********** to assume the glory


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