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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.
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.
Satan & Frankenstein’s Monster
A 4 page essay that discusses the similarities between Satan in Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and the character of Frankenstein’s Monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Both characters were expelled from the place where they were created by their creators. Both were are considered hideous in form. Both are evil. However, there are also differences between the two characters that relate to the very different intentions of each author. No additional sources cited.
Mary Shelley's, "Frankenstein":
This 3 page paper examines the differences between the demon in Mary Shelley's, "Frankenstein", versus the way that this monster is portrayed in other versions of the story. This paper highlights the understanding that the major difference is based upon the motivation of the "monster". In the Shelley version, he is motivated by his despair that occurs when he realizes that he cannot be loved by others. Bibliography lists 1 source.
The Psychological Aspects of Victor Frankenstein
5 pages. Discusses the psychology of the man behind the monster. Ever since the birth of Shelley’s book in Geneva in 1816 the world has been drawn to this tale of the creating of life in a scientific laboratory. Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Shelley's Monster/Milton's Satan
An 8 page research paper that discusses how a comparison between John Milton's Paradise Lost and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein can reveal multiple layers of meaning in the latter work. The writer argues that Shelley's allusions to Milton, as well as direct quotes, demonstrate that her brooding tale was influenced by Milton's work. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
Frankenstein's Monster: Personality Metamorphosis
5 pages in length. When one considers the primary importance of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," the first thing to typically come to mind is the notion of conflict and misunderstanding. In a completely separate light, however, Shelley's "Frankenstein" also mirrors a particular component of social address that deals directly with the concept of heroism and the means by which such heroic actions do not always lend themselves to positive outcome. Indeed, the monster can be considered a heroic figure in that his attempts at being a gentle soul often cause him great suffering; through his metamorphosis of character, the ultimately kind-hearted monster as a heroic figure meets his fate after a long and violent struggle with opposing social forces. No additional sources cited.
Empathy and Human Rights in Shelley, Conrad, and Borowski
An eight page paper looking at these issues as presented in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein,' Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness,' and Tadeusz Borowski's 'This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.' Tracing these themes from the Enlightenment to the mid-twentieth century, the paper argues that in order to secure human rights for all, we need to be able to empathize with one another's pain. Bibliography lists five sources.