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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.
WHAT IS A LITERARY MONSTER?
This 6 page paper discusses the definition of 'monster' as offered by the examples in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, and John Gardner's Grendel. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Science and Frankenstein; A Feminist Perspective
This 7 page paper looks at Mary Shelly's famous work and the science that is portrayed in that book. Some of the science seen in the book has become more possible and more likely in recent years, whilst some is still fantasy. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this papers examination of Frankenstein is the way that the science is presented when considered in the light of gender issues and the monster being seen as a possible feminist alter ego. The bibliography cites 16 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.
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.
"Frankenstein" and "Maezel's Chess Player"
A 5 page paper which examines aspects
of humanity and science as they involve the characters in Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" and
Edgar Allan Poe's "Maezel's Chess Player." No additional sources cited.
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.
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.
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.
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.