Essay on Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Modern Prometheus

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Frankenstein depicts the story of a curious scientist named Victor Frankenstein who challenges the values of nature by reanimating the dead. Frankenstein later finds himself disgusted by his monstrous creation and because of it is followed by a downhill of events. Shelley depicts the necessity for balance between knowledge and understanding of the world we live in. Shelley also explores the arrogant minds of humans and how they alienate certain individuals based on appearance. Mary Shelley, an English novelist of the 19th century, highlights the dangers of science expressed in her well-known novel, Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus.
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ROMANTICISM
Romanticism is a literary style originating in Europe during the 18th century characterizing emotions, thoughts and human nature. Victor Frankenstein, the main character in this novel, voices a great passion in his love of nature and how he “ultimately rejects materialist philosophy too in its embrace of virtuality even in its very narrative structure” as he strives to overcome the laws of nature (Burkett 573). Victor Frankenstein acts as the “romantic hero” of Frankenstein because he established norms and conventions, making him an outlaw and is rejected by society. Victor is hated by everyone because he created a monster. Shelley shows the effects of playing against God and challenging the laws of nature. Victor immediately regrets his creation; however, it costs him the lives of his loved ones. “The figure of the…

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