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Frankenstein's Monster and Marx
A 3 page essay that contrasts the social position of Mary Shelley and Karl Marx. The writer argues that both writers looked at the rapidly evolving industrialization of Europe with a critical eye, Shelley through fiction and Marx through his political writing, such as the Communist Manifesto. This examination of Marx's political perspective on morality demonstrates parallel points of view with Shelley's conception of the oppression that shaped the formerly innocent being known as the Monster into a rampaging murderer. In both cases, behavior is related to the mechanisms of society and the manner in which the bourgeoisie was failing during this era to live up to its obligations in a moral manner. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
Frankenstein/Romantic & Neoclassical
A 3 pages essay that argues that Mary Shelley pursued both Romantic and Neoclassical themes in her masterpiece Frankenstein. The writer argues that while valuing the Romantic values of imagination and creativity, Shelley also offers a cautionary tale that warns the reader that such elements should also be tempered by reason. No additional sources cited.
Mary Shelley As a Gothic Author
A 7 page paper which examines why Mary Shelley has been widely regarded as a Gothic author, citing examples from her novel "Frankenstein" and her short stories "The Mortal Immortal" and "Transformation." Bibliography lists 9 sources.
Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' / Critical Analysis
A 4 page paper discussing the Mary Shelley novel 'Frankenstein' and how it serves as an illustration of the 'other-ness' which is hidden within every person and contains the elements of destruction, ostracism, and lonely solitude. Bibliography lists three sources and provides a 1 page outline of the report.
Settings and Their Importance in Frankenstein
This 6 page paper discusses the settings in which Mary Shelley placed the characters in her novel, why they are important and what they add to the story. Bibliography lists 2 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.
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.
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.