Controversial Symbols In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley’s imaginative novel known as Frankenstein; or Modern Prometheus was published in 1818. This was an era were political influence, romantic thinking and the feminist movement were an evolving issue in society. These were controversial symbols which characterized a very male dominant society, to which Marry did not want to be accustomed to. This is due to the influence of such illustrious parents. Being daughter of a philosopher and radical thinker known as William Godwin and an active feminist and philosopher known as Marry Wollstonecraft had great impact on the level of education that she received. Both parents had a direct influence in the development of her life. Being exposed to philosophical ideas, as illustrated in Godwin’s …show more content…
Within the self-controversial novel, Mary alludes to Milton’s Paradise Lost. When the monster reads the poem, he identifies two characters, Adam and Satan. The monster identifies with Adam due to being the first of his kind, “remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel”. When God creates Eve for Adam to have a companion, the monsters becomes sorrowful as he asks for a companion but does not receive one. Controversially, the monster becomes aware that God creations are regards as natural aspects of the sublime on earth. Hence, educates himself through logic and reason to believe that God prospers Adam, however Victor despises him, position his life a s regretful one. Contrarily, Shelley alludes to Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to parallel the mariner’s cursed life with Victor Frankenstein’s. Whilst, the mariner’s curse is that he must live on in “Night-mare Life in-Death” indulging the death of his crew surrounding him, Victor must live his life through the prevailing errors that reign his mind of the faults and deaths of all whom he loves by creating the monster. In comparison, both gothic texts prevail from the instances of the mariner shooting the albatross, “albatross around the neck” acting against God and nature where as Victor creates the monster, “I beheld the wretch- the miserable …show more content…
Through her suffering and agony, she has resembled parallel ideologies to reign the Romantic novel of Frankenstein. The influence of radical family thinkers like William Godwin and Marry Wollstonecraft impacted her exploration of challenging occurrences in the Modern Prometheus. Therefore, references to novels like Paradise Lost, The ancient Mariner and Prometheus allude to the enhanced and sophisticated education that Marry was receiving, influencing the unfoldment of her experiences and opinions that had effect on the theme of family, characterization of Frankenstein an literary

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