Essay on An Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '

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Frankenstein is an educational novel, one that is constantly analyzed by scholars and critics who attempt to unfold its abstract frame narrative into something concrete and understandable. It is used in high schools and universities around the globe, encouraging young thinkers to delve into its contents and to question the motives of its characters and the complexity of its structure. Although the novel’s primary purpose is to educate, perhaps its most interesting aspect is the education that occurs within its pages. Within its “frame narrative” is “frame teaching,” and this is so distinct in that it directly affects the reader. We are certainly subject to this education, just as the characters in the novel are, by observing how they learn from each other until they are eventually able to teach us through their own narratives. Their credibility shifts depending on their level of education, and readers are left to ponder how slavery, physical appearance, and education affect each other.
John Bugg attempts to analyze the importance of education and rank in Frankenstein in “Master of their Language: Education and Exile in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” He discusses how Shelley focuses on “language, alterity, and empire” in relation to the Creature and his education through novels such as Ruins of Empire and through the word-of-mouth of Felix De Lacey, and how, subsequently, this education also relates to Frankenstein himself (Bugg 656). Bugg also discusses education in…

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