Frankenstein Critical Analysis

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Many of the professional literary critiques that emerged following the publishing of Frankenstein were less than positive in their evaluations of its quality and value. Some of these critics devalued it based on its failure to present a positive message to readers while others criticized inconsistencies within the story. One article that criticized both aspects of this novel was The Literary Panorama and National Register’s “Review of Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus.” This paper was well known in this era and considered a credible source of information regarding literature. Despite offering superficial compliments, the author attempts to prove that this work of fiction is a disappointment considering the school from which it proceeds. While some evidence is given to prove this thesis, it seems to lack relevance and weight. I will, in the following paragraphs, show that The Panorama’s thesis is poorly argued and is tainted in gender bias. The Panorama argues that the novel Frankenstein “seems to have been written in great haste, and on a very crude and ill-digested plan; and the detail is, in …show more content…
Godwin, Mary Shelley’s father and a well know and widely respected author, wrote Frankenstein. This critique is much more positive about the work. The author of this review states, “We recommend, however, to our fair readers, who may peruse a work which, from its originality, excellence of language, and peculiar interest, is likely to be very popular…” This favorable perspective leads me to believe that this credible source of literary reviews had a much more favorable view of the novel, in part, because of the fact that they believed the author to be a well known, respected, male writer. Considering the aspects of this review leads me to the conclusion that the formerly mentioned critique is biased in its evaluation of this work because of an unfair preconceived

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