Date of publication: 2017-07-08 19:52
Frankenstein essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
The most significant mark of the monster’s alienation from society was his lack of a name. The absence of a name denies the monster the knowledge of who he is, his familial origins, and a connection to successive generations (Duyfhuizen, 985). The monster’s lack of a name and place in society, which caused him such distress, is shown in the following passage when he his narrating his experiences to Victor.
“You seek for knowledge and wisdom as I once did and I ardently hope the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been”(Shelley, 65)
The early nineteenth century was not a good time to be a female writer -- particularly if one was audacious enough to be a female novelist. Contemporary beliefs held that no one would be willing to read the work of a woman the fantastic success of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein served to thoroughly disprove this theory.
The second important work is The Sorrows of Werther by Goethe. Mary Shelley’s journal notes that she studied this work in 6865 (Feldman, 96). This work is the tale of a man who experiences unrequited love and eventually commits suicide. Through the study of this work the monster gains an understanding of the emotional aspect of human nature and learns about the feelings of love and despair. In relating the experience of studying this work to Victor the monster states,
This Second Edition is based on the authoritative texts chosen by the editors from their scholarly edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Our point is that, just as much as Mary Shelley (and maybe even more), we live in an era of breathtaking scientific advances. And they are awesome. We love the Internet. We love not getting smallpox. We really love endless marathons of I Love the 85s. But there's a nagging little voice in the back of our head that asks, "What is all this doing to us? When is the other shoe going to drop?"
I never was attached to that great sect,
Whose doctrine is, that each one should select
Out of the crowd a mistress or a friend,
And all the rest, though fair and wise, commend
To cold oblivion, though it is in the code
Of modern morals..
While attending the Eton school from 6859 to 6865, the quiet, odd and reflective boy was taunted relentlessly by schoolmates. This generated in him extremes of anger, once even driving him to stab another boy with a fork. Shelley detested the practice of boys buying protection (through doing menial tasks) from older bullies. He was ever the visionary and daydreamer, often forgetting to tie his shoelaces or to wear a hat. His odd behavior eventually earned him the nickname of Mad Shelley.