Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – Frankenstein

“Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.”

“Since the publication of the novel, the name “Frankenstein” has often been used to refer to the monster itself. In the novel, Frankenstein’s creation is identified by words such as “creature”, “monster”, “daemon”, “wretch”, “abortion”, “fiend” and “it”.

Speaking to Victor Frankenstein, the monster says “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel” (which ties to Lucifer in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which the monster reads, and which relates to the disobedience of Prometheus in the book’s subtitle).”

The monster’s complete disregard for human life suggests a psychopathic mind. But is this the result of his creator abandoning him and not providing any discipline or was he driven to be a killer because of how the world perceived him or was he in fact inherently a murderer. The age old debate of nature vs nurture springs forth.

Various opinions can arise when analyzing the behavior of both Frankenstein and his monster. I strongly urge that this novel be read. It’s a real eye opener to the standards society expects of people and what ideas and values has an influence in shaping your character.

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