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This 5 page paper focuses on the question of Frankenstein's regret for creating life. Some scholars have suggested Frankenstein regretted bringin his creature to life. This writer disagrees; Frankenstein held himself guiltless to the very end. There was not a moment of regret for the right reasons. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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.
Feminist Overtones in Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”: The Symbolism in
the Role of “Victor”
A 5 page discussion of Mary Shelly’s classic science fiction. The author contends that the underlying theme of subjugation could be interpreted to apply to the societal situation which the feminist movement as a whole has revolted against. The primary perpetrator of this situation in Mary Shelly’s "Frankenstein" is identified as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s fictional creator. No additional sources are listed.
Quotations from Frankenstein
This 4 page paper uses direct quotes from "Frankenstein" to discuss the characters of Frankenstein and the monster, and the themes of the novel. It argues that Frankenstein is ultimately less human than his creation. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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.
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.
A 6 page paper which analyzes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Monster or Hero?: Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein"
An 8 page discussion of the inner characteristics of the fictional character of Frankenstein. Identifies Frankenstein's diligent efforts to learn to communicate as much of an act of heroism as the aid he renders to the blind man or in saving the crops of the poor. 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.
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 or Monster: Which is the Hero?
A 5 page paper which examines the
characters of Frankenstein and the monster, from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," and
discusses which is truly the hero. The paper argues that the monster is the hero.
Bibliography lists 1 additional source.
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.
Mary Shelley’s Original “Frankenstein” and the Social
Construction of Gender:
This 5 page report discusses Mary
Wollstonecraft Shelley’s (1797-1851) “Frankenstein” and the ways
in which serves as a metaphor for the social realities regarding
gender in the early 19th century. The premise is that women are
rejected in their efforts to be whole as surely as the monster
was. In fact, the circumstances of the early 19th century would
appear to people of the early 21st century to have been more
disturbing than what was faced by Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s
hapless creature. Bibliography lists only the primary source.