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Critical Literary Analysis of Mary Shelley's Novel, "Frankenstein"

An 8 page paper which provides a critical literary analysis of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, "Frankenstein," including plot, characters, conflict, setting and language. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Frankenstein

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

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'/ Romanticism & The Gothic

A 5 page analysis of Mary Shelley's novel in terms of these two dominant literary movements of the nineteenth century. The paper asserts that Frankenstein dovetails the typical Gothic theme of the living dead with that of science gone amuck to produce a story that vilifies technology instead of the individual -- just as Romanticism sets out to do. Bibliography lists 5 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.

Being Human/Shelley's Frankenstein

A 4 page essay that examines Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The story of Frankenstein is very familiar. A scientist, Victor Frankenstein, robs graveyards for body parts, assembles them and reanimates them as a monster. While the emphasis in film adaptations of Mary Shelley's gripping nineteenth century gothic thriller has been on the horror that the monster elicits, both in his creator and the townspeople, the emphasis in Shelley's novel is on the nature of what it means to be human and the destructive nature of regarding those different from ourselves as less than human. In Shelley's novel, the "monster" is not intrinsically evil, rather he is a window on what it means to be human in a world that defines you as a "monster." No additional sources cited.

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.

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 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.

MARY SHELLEY’S MESSAGES ABOUT SEX, REPRODUCTION AND THE CITY(a psychologial analysis)

This 7 page paper discusses the elements apparent in the work of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. The themes of motherhood, miscarriages, sex, gender, is discussed from a psychological context based on events in Shelley's life. Examples given from the text, and cited.Bibliography lists 5 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.

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN: FLAWED HERO

This essay tries to answer the question of whether Victor Frankenstein, in the Mary Shelley classic novel, acted heroically or was a flawed human being; a question that literary critics and analysists have attempted to answer for decades. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Comparison & Contrast of Neoclassicism in Samuel Johnson’s “Rasselas” With the Romanticism in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts the neoclassicism in Samuel Johnson’s novel, 'Rassselas,' with the romanticism displayed in Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein' in terms of how each literary movement affected theme, plot, character and settings. Bibliography lists 3 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.

Mary Shelley/Victor Frankenstein

A 5 page essay that explores and analyzes the role of Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's famous novel. The writer argues that Shelley's narrative demonstrates how Victor chose to step out side the boundaries of the social system, and then to ignore his own socialization as a child in dealing with the "infant" that he created. It is therefore Victor who became monstrous through his anti-social behavior. No additional sources cited.

Humanity in "Frankenstein"

This 5 page paper discusses Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" and argues that the Creature actually exhibits more qualities of humanity than his creator, Dr. Frankenstein. Bibliography lists 1 source.