Mary Shelley Was Frankenstein English Literature Essay

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Mary Shelley was Frankenstein in her own eyes. She lived in a time where women rights werent accepted in society. Shelley experienced a very unfortunate childhood. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft died from puerperal fever 10 days after she was born. Mary father later remarried to replace the mother they had just lost. Sadly, Shelley and her step mother, Mary Jane Clairmont, never got along. Mary Jane always blamed Shelley for manipulating or alienating her father. Unfortunately later on in life, Shelley loses both of her biological parents. At this time in her life, Shelley can be compared to Frankenstein; they both feel as if they are socially isolated.

Opening Chapter or Scene

In the beginning of the book, the opening scene starts off with Victor Frankenstein's family and other citizens surrounding him.

The creation freakinstein is destomental to the relation of victor and his family.

The World of the Work

18th Century Geneva

Victors family is very loving and nurturing. For example when victor left to Ingolstadt to create Frankenstein, he becomes so occupied with his work that he makes no contact with his family. Worried sick, Elizabeth, Victor's cousin, wrote to him "You have been ill, very ill, and even the constant letters of dear kind Henry are not sufficient to reassure me on your account." (Pg. 50)

Due to the neglect he has given his family, Victor feels so guilty of his isolation to his family.

Victor isolates himself and therefore feels guilty for neglecting his family.

Themes and Conflicts (REQUIRED)


Shelley uses the isolation of Frankenstein as a resource to develop her theme. For example, "I was unseen and unknown." (pg 85)

Do to Frankenstein's unattractive appearance and appearance sociality deems him socially unacceptable.

Victor creation Frankenstein is hurting the relationship of victor and his family.

"...was I, then a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned." (Pg 85)

"....I shunned the face of man, all sound of joy, or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation..." (Pg 101) "Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? ... My feelings were those of rage and revenge." (Pg 128)

Characters (REQUIRED)

Internal conflicts are demonstrated in the story, for example Victor feels guilty and blames himself for the murders that Frankenstein commits "I, not in deed, but in effect, was the true murderer." (Pg. 81)

Shelley uses the characters emotion in the story to express the theme, such as guilt, isolation, and rejection. She uses emotions to make to characters seem more realistic.

Victor and the monster live two very opposite lives. Victor desires a sedentary and isolated life while Frankenstein longs to obtain the love and affection of a family. Victor neglects almost all contact with the outside world, while Frankenstein strives for attention. Shelley does excellent job at displaying the comparison of the lives of these two characters.


The author uses very vivid details to portray an image of a scenario, such as "wretch" (39), "yellow skin" (39), and "shriveled" (39). It gives the reader a sick, disturbed feeling.

Tragic and gothic tones are both portrayed in the book. The gothic element, including the resurrection of Frankenstein and the multiple deaths, contribute to the overall tragic tone of the book.

"Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy-to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim." (131)

Plot (This section is not designed for plot summary; in fact, this will not be tolerated.)

The structure of the plot is one that can be described as a frame, meaning a story is told within a story. The time structure is a flash back of Victor's experiences.

The story is told through the point of view of Walton, victor, Frankenstein, then Walton again, respectively. Multiple people telling the story allow different perspectives and understandings.

The story hits its peak when Frankenstein asked victor to create a female companion for him. Victor agrees but then decides not to go through with the idea, because he's afraid that they might create off spring, and endanger the civilians. Due to victor's disobedience, Frankenstein kills Victor's lover, Elizabeth, to show him how it feels to have no companion.


The symbols, light and fire, are strongly expressed in the story. Light symbolizes the search for knowledge in the vast, mysterious world that is full of secrets. Light also represents the act of acquiring knowledge. In this sense, Victor's goals and intentions reflect the symbolism of light.

The more extreme version of light is fire. Fire can be interpreted many ways, and in the book, the double sided nature of fire is revealed. As Frankenstein encounters fire, he discovers that is conveniently provides light, however, it is also painful to touch.

10) Views of the Past

Guilt and remorse overwhelms victor do to the fact that he had created this Murderous monstrosity. "Have my murderous machinations deprived you also... of life? Two I have already destroyed; other victims await their destiny…." (Pg. 148)

11.) Parallel Events, Characters, Situation, and Works

Do to Frankenstein's unattractive appearance and unfortunate physical features; he wanted revenge for being such an isolated person in society. He managed to murder all of victor's family in parallel events.

12.) Conclusion

The conclusion of "Frankenstein" was not a satisfactory solution to the problem. In the end Frankenstein manages to kill all of victor's family, and eventually him as well. Frankenstein felt some remorse for what he had done, but could not change want he did. "I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to a hell of intense tortures as no language can describe" ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Yes, I believe that it was appropriate to the plot and the characters. Victor brought Frankenstein into this world, as such should be responsible for him.

13.) Impressions (REQUIRED)

My impression of this work is that it was really challenging, and very time consuming. "Frankenstein" Is a very interesting book, and I'm very glad I got to read it.

Honestly I am really tired of school and just want it to be winter vacation already. This assignment was really challenging even though I read the book. It's really stressful, but I'm just glad it over.

Note: At this point in your English career, it should not even be a question if you need to have textual evidence…