Who is the real monster in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein?
Frankenstein is a book by Mary Shelley that uses gothic horror to convey meaning and emotion. Gothic Horror is a genre of stories that combines both horror and romance. Mary Shelley writes about horror and how that Monster as a creation, could well be the monster in itself. She also talks about Frankenstein being judged as a Monster because his of his actions trying to be God and create life, but the story is challenged by the moral, be cautious of science, which is defined during the novel. The novel is written in an epistolary style. This means that the book is written as a letter. The themes in Frankenstein are Revenge, Longing, Bereavement, Determination, Vigilance, Despair, Friendship, Regret and Disbelief. The monster uses some of these themes when Frankenstein abandons him, and also how he longs to be noticed in the world without people stereotyping him. Frankensteins monster has no name, which is a symbol of his personality as an orphan and the lack of human sense and identity. He calls himself when speaking to his creator, the Adam of your labours. He is also referred to as a creation, fiend, daemon, wretch, zombie, devil, being, and ogre in the novel.
The definition of a monster is An imaginary creature, usually large and frightening, compounded of incongruous elements or a cruel or wicked person. It would be suggested as the creation being the first definition because this is the way that people stereotype him. He looks like a daemon on the outside, being large and frightening and an imaginary creature. People will see him as being large and scary, because they see him that way. It could also be suggested that Victor Frankenstein, the creator is the second definition because he is a cruel and wicked person. He left the creation because it was a breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. The monster looked terrifying to Frankenstein and so was abandoned. Frankenstein is seen as a horrible and selfish person.
In 1818, people only started to believe Darwin with his theory of evolution and that science is at the heart of everything. But this caused controversy amongst the English because everyone thought that God was at the heart of all things. Mary Shelley suggests in the novel that science could create life, but this offended the readers of the book because of the religion in Victorian times. Although, at the end of the novel, Shelley shows that science is not at the heart of all things and is not always the solution in life. Modern people would not take religion seriously, because we believe science to be at the heart of everything because we have facts that have been proved. We have modern technology to find out what has happened, although, there are still strong Christians in the modern world, who take religion seriously and dont believe in the facts.
Shelley uses Pathos to display emotions with the characters. Pathos is a quality that arouses pity. It makes people feel pity or sadness, just like sympathy. Sympathy also makes us feel pity. The creation is abandoned by his creator, Frankenstein, and left to survive on his own. The creation comes up to Frankenstein and Frankenstein gives the monster a hard time. This is because he hates the outside of the monster. He is stereotyping the monster for his appearance. He also says You accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Shelley shapes the readers response by using some strong words and some pathetic fallacy. Pathetic Fallacy is well known in the making of the monster. The night was a torment of lightning, thunder and darkness. This creates tension because it sets the mood for what is going to happen. If it was a sunny day, then you will be expecting something happy turning up. The monster says I discovered the names for some familiar objectsI learned the words fire, milk, bread and wood. This shows that the monster is still just a child so we sympathize for him. Shelley tells us that the monster is still only little.