Frankenstein is perceived as a horror story. Essay

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Frankenstein is perceived as a horror story. When we analyse the monster, however, the story becomes much more complex. Discuss this statement with close reference to Shelley’s presentation of the monster in the novel.

Frankenstein is a novel with great hidden depths and a whole new outlook on life itself.

Frankenstein was written in 1818 by Mary Shelley. The novel was a deep insight to a number of things, this including the gothic period. In her 1831 introduction to the novel, Shelley declared her desire to
‘curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart’

This was the first of many signals to the reader that Frankenstein should be placed in the genre of the gothic

Frankenstein was written with a great ‘scare
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It seemed as though he was in a entirely different world. He developed the most unimaginable idea in his head and gradually it began to invade his mind, body and eventually his entire life.

One of the interesting debates Shelley sets up in the novel is whether or not Victor’s ambitions went too far…

Victor’s character seems almost extreme. He ingeniously attempted to play the role of God and failed hugely. He tried to bring the dead back to life because the death of his mother gave him the motivation and sudden energy to do so. It was as though he was completely oblivious towards the consequences of trying to create life. This is possibly because his mother’s death was deeply traumatising for him and he was in a state of desperation.

This shows that we do not know what can go on inside a person’s mind.
Victor’s character can relate with Mary Shelley as her mother also died. As well as the ‘gothic theme’-the novel contains a hidden context as it refers to religious and mythical references. This highlights the fact that Mary Shelley’s intention was not only to entertain her audience but to also engage the reader in an intellectual debate.

Mary Shelley successfully manages to even raise a personal debate in the reader’s mind. She makes them begin to reflect upon whether or not it is actually possible to bring the dead back to life. Or if ‘the creature’ is at all human. She also makes them ponder over whether or not they should

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