Humanistic qualities of Frankenstein’s creature

Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, contradicts ideas of monsters that we have imagined, such as monsters show or feel no emotion except for anger and the stereotypical idea that monsters are bad regardless of how they are inside and out. Frankenstein’s creature fits the description many would picture a monster with, “His yellow skin scarcely covered … Read more

The nature of Frankenstein’s creature

Frankenstein’s creature made first appearance in chapter 5. It was described by Victor Frankenstein sarcastically as “Beautiful! Great God!” (p68). The use of exclamation and “God” could indicate how wrong Frankenstein feels to describe the creature as “beautiful”. The exclamation exaggerates his thoughts and also gives the reader a sense of wrongness in using the … Read more

Frankenstein miscellaneous topics

Frankenstein Lit Circle #2 As the plot unfolds, we start to get more information about the monster. Does he have more than one mental function and how do they build him as a monster? Does his mental functions help him with individuation when he enters the wilderness? The monster starts off with the mental function … Read more

Frankenstein book report (miscellaneous Q & As)

Shelley uses imagery relating to your senses to describes the creature’s awakening. Shelley compares this awakening to a baby who was just born. “A strange multiplicity of sensations seized me, and I saw, felt, heard, and smelt, at the same time…”(Shelley 90), this quote means that the monster just experienced the all the new senses. … Read more

Angela Carter’s, ‘The Bloody Chamber’ and Mary Shelley’s, ‘Frankenstein’

Angela Carter’s, ‘The Bloody Chamber’ and Mary Shelley’s, ‘Frankenstein’, both challenge this ideal of ‘the perfect woman’ existing in the passive case. Through the medium of fairytale, Carter’s inversion and subversion of women being, ‘defined in the passive case’ generates agreement and rebuttal in line with the critical interpretation. Similarly, Shelley’s trauma of losing her … Read more

Frankenstein and Never Let Me Go

Shelley and Ishiguro present monstrosity as an accentuated premise in Frankenstein and Never Let Me Go with the characters acting as mouthpieces for society’s ills. The authors were writing with an overwhelming backdrop of scientific discovery; Frankenstein coinciding with the Industrial Revolution, which was a threat to the contemporary fundamentalism of the Church, and Never … Read more

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – reversing the role of monster and human

The term monster is often used to describe someone who has no compassion or genuine desire for love. Mary Shelley presents this idea through her novel Frankenstein. Mary Shelley shows how alienation can create a monster and the use of dangerous knowledge can be a result of this idea. In Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein, the … Read more