The Label of Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Essay

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The Label of Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

The novel, Frankenstein, was written by Mary Shelley in 1817. The novel is of a gothic genre as it includes the themes of monsters, death and oppressive nature. Her father raised her, after her mother's death ten days after Mary was born. Her father, William Godwin, was a radical philosopher, who encouraged Mary to read a lot. Mary met a young, married poet when she was sixteen; they fell in love and eloped together in 1814. Mary's life became full of sadness as three of her children died and her half-sister committed suicide. The couple became free to marry when Percy Shelley's wife drowned herself, yet their fathers never forgave them for being
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Yet after acquiring this power, he does not know what to do with it. Now, he is tormented by Satan and perishes in hell. This relates to Victor Frankenstein as he pursues secret knowledge and when he gains it, he does not know what to do with his creation, and abandons the creature. The monster retaliates, like the devil, by destroying Frankenstein's family and friends.

The epic poem, "Paradise Lost" by John Milton, also relates to this novel as it tells the story of how Satan was banished from heaven for rebelling against God. This is relevant to Frankenstein as the monster was banished by other human beings for being aesthetically challenged.

The story of Adam and Eve is also important to the content of this novel as Adam rebels against God and eats from the tree of knowledge. They were both banished from the Garden of Eden for losing their innocence. Victor Frankenstein's childhood is a paradise but he thrives for knowledge and rebels against God by creating a man. The monster becomes self-aware (like Adam and Eve) after seeing his own reflection. The monster proceeds to clothe himself because of cold while Adam and Eve clothe themselves out of sin.

Romanticism is relative to this novel as is focus' on the imagination, feelings, qualities that affect you greatly and the power of nature. An offshoot of romanticism is Gothic

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