Essay on Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Modern Prometheus

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Mary Shelly, born of two great minds and much wealth, suffered many different misfortunes. Mary indeed had advantageous knowledge, living and being born from William Godwin, but was no stranger to death. Mary’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died after giving birth to her. This death was not the first to injure Mary Shelly and shape her fate. Many people she knew passed away some by suicide, even her newborn children had died in her arms. Poor Mary was accustomed to the horror of death. She was as well accustomed to the sciences and the recent crazes of electricity bestowing life among the dead. The horror of her life and the scientific discoveries were accumulative factors that produced Mary Shelly’s most renowned piece of literature, Frankenstein; the Modern Prometheus. This novel fleshed out this science in a fashion that reflected Mary Shelly’s personal life and the relation of man, science, and god. Mary Shelly believed in the duality of human nature, her novel thus expresses so. In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelly uses her main character Victor and his reanimated creature to illustrate the theme that human kind is both good and evil, human and monstrous, beautiful and horrific. As a result, Victor and his creature share a multitude of similarities and differences.
The difference between Victor and his creature are very visible to any reader. Some as clear as a glass of clean water and other differences not so much. Victor was a born from the union of a man and a…

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