The Controversial Issues of ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley Essay

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The Controversial Issues of ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley

‘Frankenstein’ is a Gothic Horror novel written by Mary Shelley. An ambitious scientist, Victor Frankenstein, creates a creature from Human body parts in secret. Instead of taking responsibility for the creature he abandons it. The creature spends its life learning about Humans, learning to read and trying to find Frankenstein. Finally, it takes revenge on Frankenstein and his family because he abandons it.

The controversial issues are: Scientific research-thinking about the consequences of a ‘breakthrough’ like creating life, Frankenstein’s obsession which shuts him off from friends and family, Frankenstein’s responsibility for
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At the time, the majority of people who were aware of these experiments, considered them to be unacceptable. They believed that the act of life should be left to God and the scientists were criticised for trying to interfere with God’s Work. These ideas influenced Mary Shelley and prompted her to write her novel ‘Frankenstein’.

Another of the reasons that Mary Shelley wrote ‘Frankenstein’ was that her Mother died when she was a child. This is shown in the novel when Victor’s mother dies. Her Mother dying led to her having a lack of emotional attention from her father and step mother and this made her feel isolated. This is reflected in the life of the creature, which has no one to comfort him. Because of her lack of attention during her younger years, she spent much of her childhood reading, writing stories and day dreaming.

The first issue that I will discuss is obsession. Victor Frakenstein is

obsessed with creating his monster, so obsessed in fact, that during Chapter 5, which takes place over a period of about two years, he ignores his friends and family. “I had worked hard for nearly two years”. During this time, Frankenstein had been deeply involved in the making of the creature, “So deeply was I engrossed in my occupation”. His obsession also affected his health. “I had deprived myself of rest and health”.

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