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A five page paper looking at Mary Shelley's novel in terms of its larger social significance. The paper concludes that Shelley hints at topics as far-ranging as the ethics of men playing God, to the importance of a father's role in the rearing of children, to the tragedy of imperialism -- all within the relatively simple story of a scientist who wished to replicate human life. Bibliography lists three 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.
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.
A 3 page paper which examines the life of Mary Shelley. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
A 6 page paper which analyzes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. 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.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
In this 4 page essay, the writer argues that in Mary Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein's monster is a sympathetic character, rather than the totally evil villain. Bibliography lists 3 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.
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/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.
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.