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 *****s readers.

Throughout the decades since Shelley's Frankenstein was initially presented, a number of critics h*****ve written critiques ***** the *****, many of them alluding to the crea*****r-Fat***** role, or the story of Adam from the Bible, or ***** tale of Adam's son Cain, also from the Bible. Others have noted the allusions to King Arthur in ***** st*****y, Arthur sired an illegitimate son who then pursues the King in a life-long effort to ga***** what he cannot ever ***** 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 ***** 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 ***** 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 cr*****sh course ***** ***** doctor, haunted by the fact that ***** creator is so abhorred that 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 ti*****, also, I felt what ***** duties of a creator ***** 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 to become like God.

On page 173 Frankenste***** ***** his new bride murdered by the creature he ***** ***** ***** it is here ***** he begins to realize that a life can be used to enhance earthly surroundings, or a life ***** be ***** to create despair, m*****ery, anger and fear. It is also at this point that he offers his own lamentable life to the *****, calling out, "Alas! Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is ***** hated" (*****, 2003, p. 173). This begs the 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 despic*****ble way.

What is ***** interesting is that ***** doct***** initially believes he is doing a ***** thing ***** creating anot*****r '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 ***** Bible that details the fall of Satan, who ***** expelled from the heavens after seeking to assume the glory


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