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Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' / Life & Times
This 6 page research paper examines how Mary Shelley's own life, times and geographical locale illuminate her literary masterpiece, Frankenstein. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
A 3 page paper which examines the significance of Mary Shelley’s subtitle to Frankenstein; “The Modern Prometheus.” No additional sources cited.
Frankenstein and Vengeance
A 3 page paper which examines the monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as it involves the theme of vengeance. No additional sources cited.
The Morality of Frankenstein
This 3 page paper discusses some of the moral and ethical issues raised by Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein.” Bibliography lists 1 source.
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.
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.