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Frankenstein

A 6 page paper which analyzes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Shelley's Frankenstein/Dangers of Scientific Progress

A 6 page essay that examines Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The writer argues Shelley's novel seems to speak directly to the modern reader and offer explicit warning against scientific discovery unregulated by restrictions of morality or responsibility. Victor Frankenstein, Shelley's brilliant protagonist/scientist, suffers a tragic downfall worthy of the ancient Greek tragedians. Shelley's text suggests that this occurs due to two failings. First of all Frankenstein, like the ancient Greek tragic heroes, is guilty of hubris, that is, excessive pride, of "attempting to be like God" (Madigan 48), but also, he initially does not take responsibility for his actions. Furthermore, in his hubris, Frankenstein exhibits two characteristics that he himself castigates, "cowardice and carelessness," which he exhibits in the manner in which he deals with his creation (Shelley 37). Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Frankenstein: A Story Still Valid Today

A 10 page paper which discusses how Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is still a valid story today. The paper discusses the subject of parenting and abandonment, and of how people often do not take responsibility for their own actions. These are issues that clearly involve mankind, no matter the time period, and as such are valid conditions that make Shelley's Frankenstein a work still relevant today. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

Frankenstein/Defending the Monster

A 4 page essay that argues that Mary Shelley's portrayal of the Monster in her novel Frankenstein, indicts Dr. Victor Frankenstein rather than misbegotten creature that he brings into the world. In Shelley's novel, it is clear that the monster is an innocent, a "child" who has been deprived not only of his birth right, which is the love of his "parent," Dr. Frankenstein, but also of being able to have any place within human society and all because of his appearance, not because of his character. An examination of Shelley's text makes it clear that it is human society and, specifically Dr. Frankenstein, who is at fault and not the poor monster who did not ask to be created. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Victorian Reading Habits: The Thrill of Transgression

This 6 page paper examines “Manfred” by Lord Byron and “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and argues that they are both examples of Gothic literature; that Frankenstein is self-deceiving while Manfred is overly self-aware; and that both protagonists transgress boundaries: Frankenstein cross the line between life and death, and Manfred breaks the taboo against incest. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Thrill of Transgression: “Frankenstein” and “Manfred”

This 6 page paper examines “Manfred” by Lord Byron and “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and argues that they are both examples of Gothic literature; that Frankenstein is self-deceiving while Manfred is overly self-aware; and that both protagonists transgress boundaries: Frankenstein cross the line between life and death, and Manfred breaks the taboo against incest. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

MARY SHELLEY’S MONSTER

This 6 page paper gives a short synopsis of the book, then analyzes Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, for symbolism and theme. Emphasis is placed on the novel's themes and symbols paralleling Shelley's own life. Also included are excerpts from David Colling's essay about Shelley and the feminine maternal parallels. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

CLERVAL, FRANKENSTEIN AND FRIENDSHIP

This paper discusses the significane of the friendship between Henry Clerval and Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. The essay examines what, symbolically and physically, the friendship represents to Frankenstein. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein": The Theme of Nature

A 10 page discussion of Mary Shelley’s incorporation of nature in her novel. The author of this paper contends that Shelley employs nature to contrast the characteristics of Frankenstein and his creator Victor as well as to emphasize the error of mans ways in going against nature. Through various components of nature Shelley manages to instill deeper meaning, intrigue, and realism to a story which might otherwise be dismissed by some as only science fiction. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

How Mary Shelley's Life is Reflected in "Frankenstein"

A 5 page paper which examines how Mary Shelley's life is reflected in her classic Gothic novel, "Frankenstein," such as the death of her mother, the death of her son and the loneliness of her life as depicted in the characters of Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and the primary narrator, Robert Walton. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' / Was She Playing God in the Creation of Frankenstein's Monster?

This 6 page paper provides an analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, with a concentration on the argument that Mary Shelley was attempting to play God in the creation of the monster. This paper is an argumentative essay that supports this perspective utilizing passages from the text as well as elements in the history of Shelley's life. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' / Human Source of the Monster

A 5 page paper examining the relationship between Mary Shelley's own feelings of parental abandonment and the way the Creature is abandoned by his creator. The paper goes over the main points of Shelley's life up to the writing of Frankenstein, and compares them to events in the book. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

The Psychological Aspects of Victor Frankenstein

5 pages. Discusses the psychology of the man behind the monster. Ever since the birth of Shelley’s book in Geneva in 1816 the world has been drawn to this tale of the creating of life in a scientific laboratory. Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Victor Frankenstein

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is seen as an extension of his own creation, mirrored in behavior and psychological representations of the self. This 5 page paper explores the psychological associations of doubling as defined by Sigmund Freud. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Themes Concerning Parenting and Responsibility in "Frankenstein"

An 8 page paper which discusses various themes within Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" which speak of paternal and maternal abandonment. The paper also discusses other forms of abandonment and lack of responsibility as they involve Shelley's story. Bibliography lists 4 sources.