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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.
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.
Shelley's 'Frankenstein' vs. Wharton's 'The Age of Innocence'
A 7 page paper in which the writer argues that while both women were expressing changing attitudes in femininity thought in their books through contrast and duality, Edith Wharton's view was made through an expansive flowing growth and Mary Shelley's was from an explosive view. The purpose of both stories was to show the need for men and women to come together in equal treatment of women during different eras. Whereas Wharton looked at the changes from the idea of growing together, Shelley's view was of killing off the old ideas. No additional sources cited.
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.
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 Victorian View of Deviance
A 12 page research paper that examines three nineteenth century, Victorian narratives-- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and E.T.W. Hoffman's The Sand-man. The writer contrasts and compares these works from a standpoint that includes the Victorian concepts of criminality and deviance. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
A Comparison / The Creature & The Underground Man
A 6 page essay which compares the character of the Underground Man in Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground to the character of the creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The writer demonstrates that there are numerous similarities between the two characters, and that their differences make the creature the more sympathetic of the two. No additional sources cited.
Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' / Socialization Of The Monster
A 5 page paper discussing how the Creature in Mary Shelley's novel learned to be a self-educated, articulate, sensitive man. The paper speculates that had he lived in the twentieth century, more help would have been available to socialize him. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' / Human Source of the Monster
A 5 page paper examining the relationship between Mary Shelley's own feelings of parental abandonment and the way the Creature is abandoned by his creator. The paper goes over the main points of Shelley's life up to the writing of Frankenstein, and compares them to events in the book. Bibliography lists 9 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.
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