The Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Essay

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The Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was written in 1816 and published in 1818. During this time this time there was social revolution and major scientific changes throughout the world. In 1789 the French revolution took place. This is where the peasants revolted against the lords and the royal family; they stood for liberty, equality and fraternity. (Shelley was born into a revolutionary left wing family and then lived the life of one). The world was an unstable place and there was opportunity for change. In science: electricity was created foe the light bulb and changed the way people saw things; machines in factories created difficulties for
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Frankenstein therefore has the same effect on readers in modern day about how scientific changes can go wrong and that's frightening and scary. This makes us see the monster as something that shouldn't be there before we've even read the story; so we won't be sympathetic at first towards a creation that we don't want in our lives.

Chapter five is very descriptive as this is where the monster comes to life; a lot of elaborate and detailed sentences encourage the reader to 'see' vivid images in their head. Because it's a novel and we don't see a picture of the creation we use our imagination which is more powerful in creating bizarre and fear-provoking images. Shelley's linguistic skill in language causes this, and causes unsympathetic feelings towards such a grotesque being.

"…dull, yellow eye…" and "…his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips…"

These quotations demand your mind to feel horrified at what they're describing; the structure of these sentences evokes disgust by powerful imagery and representing lack in human qualities. Therefore we are not going to feel sympathy with the monster as we perceive it as just that, a monster that was dead and is now alive.

There are no human connections and there are no human qualities to associate with the creation which is what Shelley did to make the reader

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