Frankenstein : Man Or Monster Essay

1002 Words Apr 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Maryssa Smith
Professor Nancy Cassano
English 1302
March 11, 2015 Frankenstein: Man or Monster

When reading “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, one is inevitably placed in a position of judgement. The two main characters, Victor Frankenstein and the Monster seem to be in direct opposition at first glance. But the further you read the more blurred the lines of character separation become, until ultimately, the roles are reversed and you find yourself drawn in by the vulnerability and humanitarian of the Monster and you are convinced that Frankenstein himself is the real monster. The novel finds its niche in the gothic genre because of it 's foreboding ominous overtones, but the roots of romanticism are very much a part of the novel because of the way the Monster romanticizes his existence. It is almost touching the way he watches and observes a family and yearns to know that love and companionship; yet he is unable to imitate that family structure. It is also set during a time in the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth century when the movement toward nature, for the sheer joy of it, that led to feelings of love, hope and ecstasy were so prevalent. Both Victor and the Monster were obsessed with nature and its calming effects. Both enjoyed the freedom and embracing the power of nature and both sought for the solitude of its protection. The structure of the novel is interesting in the fact that…

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