Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley, creature, fantastic novel, horror novel, gothic genre, confusion, fear, anxiety, disgust
Frankenstein is the most famous novel by Mary Shelley; it became a classic of literature and has been adapted many times since its creation. During her lifetime, Mary Shelley wrote around ten books, including poems and novels. Frankenstein is her second work, and also the most famous one.
It belongs to the romanticism movement, during which artists highlight the ‘sublime' power of nature. The novel is from gothic genre.
The story is initially told by Captain Walton who is writing a letter to his sister. He is telling the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who is obsessed with the idea of creating life. He will finally succeed in doing it through a scientific experiment. However, he actually created a monster, that will be called the creature.
[...] "this catastrophe" "the beauty of the dream vanished" (l14-15), "unable to compose my mind to sleep" (l16-17) Horror In opposition to the aspect of beauty described before, the creature is then described as horrible by its creator: "horrid contrast" "breathless horror (l15) Conclusion In a nutshell, this abstract is the exact moment of the book when everything is turned upside down: this is not the story of a young scientist full of hopes and ideas, it becomes the story of a beast created by a naive fool, who is turning from enthusiastic to full of remorse and anxiety. The beautiful becomes the ugly, the transition is very strong with the vocabulary employed by the narrator. Far from feeling proud of his success, Victor feels terrible; his achievement leads to his anxiety. The idea and concept of creating life is actually better than the accomplishment of doing it, maybe some dreams should never be realized? We can ask ourselves the following question: if Victor knew he was going to succeed, would he have continued doing the experiment? [...]
[...] The story is initially told by Captain Walton who is writing a letter to his sister. He is telling the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who is obsessed with the idea of creating life. He will finally succeed in doing it through a scientific experiment. However, he actually created a monster, that will be called the creature. This abstract is still at the beginning of the novel, more specifically in the second part, during which the narrator is Victor Frankenstein, the creator. [...]
[...] Success All in all, the awakening is supposed to be a good thing for Victor, who is the narrator: the transformation, in the facts, is a succeed because it was what Victor wanted. It has a magical aspect. He has worked a lot to get there, achieving what no one could ever do before: creating life from scratch. The aspect of victory can be understood in some parts of the text: beheld the accomplishment of my toils" had selected his features as beautiful." had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation "the beauty of the dream" (l14-15) Beautiful Victor entirely created the creature; it is like a piece of art and Frankenstein would be the artist. [...]
[...] It is viewed by the vocabulary employed and the general atmosphere described in the scene From the first line, we understand that the environment is full with fear, glaucus, darkness and anxiety. The problematic from this abstract is the following one: How does Mary Shelley transition from the time Victor Frankenstein was very excited and joyful about his project, to realizing it was a foolish and horrific idea? Plan In the first part of the analysis, we will focus on the references to the success, the beautiful, and the expectations of Victor with his experimental work. [...]
[...] Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley (1818) - How does Mary Shelley transition from the time Victor Frankenstein was very excited and joyful about his project, to realizing it was a foolish and horrific idea? Context and presentation of the literary work The text studied is an abstract from the novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818. Its genre is fantastic, or horror novel. It is sometimes considered to be a gothic novel. [...]
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