Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley Essay

2261 Words Nov 14th, 2016 10 Pages
Mary Shelley once wrote in her book Frankenstein, “Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful”. Today, we know Frankenstein as one of the first science fiction novels and an occult classic. Shelley wrote this novel when she was 18 while in Switzerland with her husband, sister, and their friend Lord Byron in the year 1816. She came up with the idea for Frankenstein during a scary story contest with her peers. This novel has many complex and interesting themes that not only link to the time in which it was written but also the topic being covered in our class. Frankenstein is relevant to today, was relevant to political and social concerns of the time, and my own life and goals. To put it simply, though Frankenstein was written hundreds of years ago, it is still very relevant to society today. Frankenstein is a complex novel with many equally complex themes. Some of the themes included in the novel are science, exploration, and communication. Exploration is explored in this novel through Walton’s exploration to find the North Pole and Victor’s exploration into the science of life. In this course we learn about and analyze the explorations of the past. People such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Zheng He come to mind. The main theme of Frankenstein is science. Mostly it is about the dangers of science and the consequences of overstepping boundaries for the sake of it. This can be seen in the way that Frankenstein remarks about how beautiful the creature…

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