Frankenstein Symbolism and Key Facts

Symbolism of Frankenstein The book uses some Christian imagery, referring to Victor Frankenstein as the “Creator”, thus comparing him to God, and comparing the Creature to Adam, the first man whom God created. Victor is also compared to Prometheus, a rebellious Titan from Ancient Greek mythology, and Prometheus, in his turn, shares many common features with Satan … Read more

Quotes from Frankenstein

There is a number of spot-on quotes dealing with various important subjects of the book. Quotes about science and what price can be paid for it “One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit … Read more

Conflicts and Characters in Frankenstein

Conflicts in Frankenstein The book’s conflicts center around the controversial relations between the creator and his creation, responsibility, and revenge. It also questions the idea if a man has a right to follow his ambition and create living creatures in an unnatural way, or will he be punished for this. The first trouble arises when Victor … Read more

The Plot of Frankenstein

The events of the book are taking place in some time during the 18th century. The novel includes a frame story, where Captain Walton exchanges letters with his sister, Mrs. Margaret Walton Saville. Captain Walton and his crew are exploring the North Pole. At first they see a figure of a gigantic man in the … Read more

The Golden Mean as the Path to Happiness

Too much exercise destroys strength as much as too little, and in the same way too much or too little food or drink destroys the health, while the proportionate amount increases and preserves it. The same is true of temperance and courage and the other virtues, for he who is afraid of everything and does … Read more

Romantic Politics: Writing Politics in Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and the Poetry of Percy Shelley

Revolution was a key idea to the philosophy of the Romantic writers, whether it be social, cultural or aesthetic. It is in the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, however, that the most overt revolutionary political statements are made while Frankenstein, the masterpiece novel by his wife Mary, interacts with politics through innumerable layers and allegory. … Read more

The Relation of Frankenstein and Prometheus’ Traits

Man is a deleterious being, a poison to itself and enervates the very foundation of the world it calls home. Forsaken to bear the weight our sins, we humans cannot veer from this obstinate track, a byproduct of our mulish actions. Mary Shelly captures such a conundrum perfectly with her magnum opus, Frankenstein. This ever … Read more

Three Branches of Narrative in Shelley’s Frankenstein

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the novel is formed of three interlinked but ultimately separate narratives. The outer frame for the narrative takes the form of Walton’s letters to his sister Margaret. It is through this conduit that Victor’s story is recounted as Walton retells it in Victor’s words. Similarly, the story of the monster is … Read more

Guiltlessly Guilty

Frankenstein is a novel characterized by an unusually layered narrative structure. Narrators exist within narrators, narratives are passed from one character to another, and a distinct gap exists between the telling of the story and the historical unfolding of events. This patchwork narrative structure enables Victor Frankenstein to tell the tragic events of his life … Read more

The Second Life of Prometheus Myth in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

The Modern Prometheus: Reworked Myth in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein As the subtitle of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein implies, the tragic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his creation takes elements of classical myth and reinterprets them through the advances of “modern” science. Against the backdrop of the Scientific Revolution, Shelley’s novel confronts perennial dilemmas that have been … Read more

Reflection of the Essence of the Romantic Quest in Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein, like many Romantics, relies upon his unusual capacity for sensitivity and creativity to aid him in his ambitions. In contrast to Robert Walton, who ventures to the North Pole to find “beauty and delight” (Shelley 15) amidst desolation, Victor desires to create a better race as a gift to mankind. Although he and … Read more

Frankenstein: Parallels With the Ancient Mythology

Frankenstein might have been written as a horror story, but the ideas and themes prevalent in the novel are ones men have grappled with for ages. From ancient Greek myths to the Bible, the tale Shelley tells is an old one – one rife with the profundities and far-reaching implications of antiquity. The allusions Shelley … Read more

Horrible Dreams: Frankenstein’s Nightmarish Dueling

The question of how to interpret dreams within a novel is one of the most contentious in all of literary criticism. The natural tendency may be to analyze them as though they were real dreams, which includes the implicit assumption that authors are capable of writing the same kind of dreams that our minds produce … Read more

The Anti-Enlightenment Theory and Frankenstein

The Anti-Enlightenment Theory in Frankenstein. In the Age of the Enlightenment, knowledge is considered power, focusing mainly on reason and science. However, shortly after the 18th century, when this period neared its end, Romanticism started taking root. An era emphasizing individualism, inspiration, and subjectivity, was valued among many liberal writers and activists. Mary Shelley, author … Read more

How Binary Oppositions Are Shown in Frankenstein

A binary opposition refers to a pair of related non-physical elements that are opposite in meaning; it is an important concept of Structuralism which defines the contrast between two mutually exclusive terms. Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein is rich in these contrasts and none are more relevant and remarkable as the oppositions allegorised in the … Read more

Victor IIs the Moral Compass for Walton

Beneath the most obvious plot line in Frankenstein lies a more subtle relationship between Walton, Victor and the monster. The three characters are very closely linked; their existence depends on one another. Walton represents the youthful desire for knowledge inherent in man, while Victor and the monster represent the moral compass for Walton to use … Read more

The Creation of New Life Thanks to the Secret Knowledge

Mary Shelley develops the character Victor Frankenstein, a young chemist who discovers the secrets of creating life, with an unending thirst for knowledge. His studies and desires lead him to build a Creature which wreaks havoc on Victor and all he loves. However, this tale is not one of steady decline, but a roller coaster … Read more

Paradise Through the Eyes of Frankenstein

“Paradise has been lost.” Frank Henenlotter’s 1990 film, a campy retooling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by the name of Frankenhooker (Wolf 344), tells the tale of a mad scientist who, in order to bring his wife back to life, decapitates, dismembers, and reassembles 42nd street hookers into the form of what he believes to be … Read more

The 4 Main Functions Walton Performs in Frankenstein

The character Robert Walton has many functions in the novel of Frankenstein. His role in the story, though relatively brief, is extremely important. He fulfills four roles. First, his own writings anticipate much of Frankenstein’s behaviour. Second, he sets the novel’s tone by introducing the themes which recur the most frequently. Third, he creates a … Read more

Fantomina and Frankenstein: How Gender Roles Are Shown

It is no surprise that the function of men and women in a society plays a huge role in the pieces of literature that would arise during a specific time. The roles of both men and women in the 18th century, for example, may even align with those in the next century. For instance, both … Read more

Frankenstein Will Not Go Away

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a literary masterpiece that for the past two centuries has fascinated the imagination and interest of diverse readers. The word “Frankenstein” refers to the monster because it is universally accepted that the creator named so became, metaphorically at least, the Monster he created. As such, the two questions are intuitively linked. … Read more

Mary Shelley’s Autobiography in Frankenstein?

As a professor of psychology and the author of a host of books that examine various psychological elements at play in some of the most recognized pop culture mainstays within the science fiction genre, Sherri Ginn seems more than qualified to offer an insightful analysis of both the science fact and the science fiction to … Read more

Victor Frankenstein’s Creature as the Mirror

Laced with haunting similarities between the creator and the created, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein implements the Doppelganger effect to further develop the story of one man’s quest for knowledge and the journey that ensues. From the beginning of his journey, to his eventful demise, Victor Frankenstein travels through a broad range of emotions and experiences, almost … Read more

Dr. Frankenstein as a Personification of His Surrounding

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Shelley illustrates how the environment tears apart the life of a scientist, Victor Frankenstein. Victor’s generation of a creature from dead matter seemingly deems him an immoral man. However, one often overlooks the fact that Victor is simply the product of his environment. The social and scientific environment that Victor immerses … Read more

How Forbidden Topics Are Transferred as Gothic in Frankenstein

The distinctive features of the Gothic may be defined as a series of strategies, partly evasive, partly revelatory for dealing with tabooed material. Discuss with reference to Frankenstein. Frankenstein, although not placed within the ‘gothic’ setting of a large brooding castle in a Catholic town, is nonetheless immediately identifiable as gothic due to the macabre … Read more

Frankenstein: Robert Walton

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the novel is the view of Robert Walton. Walton uses his letters during his journey on the Pacific Ocean to allow the reader to understand the tragedy of both the Monster and Frankenstein from an unbiased perspective, giving mankind a ray of hope as being kind compassionate.Both men, even though they … Read more

Freudianism in "Frankenstein": An Analysis of the Human Nature

Erin Erkocevic 8 December 2010 An Analysis of Human Nature in Frankenstein, As it Connects to Freudian Psychology In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley skillfully laces a chilling tale of horror with social commentary to create an exploration of human nature that unfolds alongside with the story. The novel opens with Robert Walton and Victor … Read more

Frankenstein: The Role of Parenting in the Novel

In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the parent-child relationships that are introduced are surprisingly critical to the manner the novel plays out. Through each literal and metaphorical pair, the course the child leads is in direct relation to the quality of the parenting. Elizabeth and Victor have very virtuous parents and, as a result, … Read more

Frankenstein: Robert Walton

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the novel is the view of Robert Walton. Walton uses his letters during his journey on the Pacific Ocean to allow the reader to understand the tragedy of both the Monster and Frankenstein from an unbiased perspective, giving mankind a ray of hope as being kind compassionate.Both men, even though they … Read more

The Context of the History in Frankenstein

‘Art is unimaginable without a matrix of culture… it is inconceivable without a history’ . Stephen Cox’s comment articulates the poststructuralist view that the meanings of a text always derive from its context. Certainly, much of Mary Shelley’s historical context is evident in her novel, Frankenstein. Coming after the Religious Reformation, the Industrial Revolution and … Read more

Impersonation of the Topic of Knowledge in Frankenstein

Humankind has been unravelling the secrets of the universe for millennia, discovering more about the world in the process; but will we ever reach a point where we know too much? That is indeed the premise of Shelley’s “The Modern Prometheus”; a presentation of the consequences a man faces for knowing more than he can … Read more

The Nature Itself as Frankenstein’s Doctor

Setting plays a pivotal role throughout Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Nature is presented as possessing an immense curative power: the beauty of the natural world heals Victor when he is too miserable to find solace anywhere else. The Arve Ravine and the Valley of Chamounix exemplify the harmony and serenity of nature, which is sharply contrasted … Read more

Safie's Objectification in "Frankenstein" Novel

Over time, the presence of patriarchal ideologies in the Western world has lessened drastically. Yet in the past, women have lived in brutal societal conditions that most people, especially men, cannot imagine. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the patriarchal society and its ideals are the reasoning behind many characters’ behavior. The daughter of a Turkish merchant … Read more

Frankenstein: Personification of the Prometheus Myth and Science

How does the subtitle “The Modern Prometheus” assist Shelley in pointing out the underlying significance of her story? Mary Shelley’s work Frankenstein is a symbolic representation of the doubts and fears she, and her contemporaries, shared regarding the advances of science in the nineteenth century (Britton, 2-3). In order for Shelley to fully convey her … Read more