English II Honors
Summer Reading Response 1
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
“The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep… I beheld the wretch–— the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped, and rushed down stairs. I took refuge in the courtyard belonging to the house which I inhabited; where I remained the rest of the night, walking up and down in great agitation, listening attentively, catching and fearing each sound as if it were to announce the approach of the demoniacal corpse to which I had so miserably given life.” Pages 51-52
Victor is so confused, in the past months he was so dedicated to creating something that he can say he gave life to, but when he realizes what the final outcome is, he is flustered and disgusted. He can’t stand the sight of his own creation, of this monster. He disconnected himself from his family and friends to pour his heart in soul into completing his creation, but then turns his back on this very creation. He runs out of the house without a second thought, he can’t sleep or focus on anything else but the thought of the horrifying incident he just encountered. He spends that night outside, and he wakes up and starts...
...Frankenstein by MaryShelley
"I the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on." Pg: 231
In Walton's final letter to his sister, Walton then regains control of the narrative, continuing the story in the form of letters. He tells her that he believes in the truth of Victor's story. He retells the words that the monster speaks to him over Victor's dead body. This eruption of angry self-pity as the monster questions the wrong doing of how he has been treated badly captures his inner life, giving Walton a glimpse into the suffering that has motivated his crimes. This line also wakes the concept of abortion: the monster is an unwanted life, a creation abandoned and neglected by his creator. After seeing that his creator, Victor is dead, the monster then departs for the northernmost ice to die.
"Half surprised by the novelty of these sensations, I allowed myself to be borne away by them; and, forgetting my solitude and deformity, dared to be happy,"
As Victor sets out to seek his monstrous creation that had destroyed everything that he holds dear to, he finds the monster in a hut in the village of Montanvert. The monster tells Victor of the tragic times he have had because Victor had cast him "abroad an object for the scorn and horror of mankind". While the monster hides away in the village of Montanvert, he came across Felix's family. The...
...am solitary and detested
The Creature in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus” needs a companionship as every ordinary human. Every man needs a woman, who will able to share moments of happiness and sadness, a woman who will be able to share thoughts and of course a woman who will be able to love a man. In this case the Creature needs a bride. But the problem is that the Creature from the “Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus” is not a human. So can human rights and needs be applied to the Creature and can the Creature have a bride? No. The answer is negative because the Creature is not a human. Victor Frankenstein have done a mistake by giving a life to the Creature and creating a bride for the Creature is can be considered as making another additional mistake to the previous one. Creator’s responsibility surrounding the Creature is not a reason to create a bride for him, because Victor Frankenstein also has responsibilities in front of other people who would not like the idea of creating another monster and Victor Frankenstein also has responsibilities in front of science.
The Creature in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus” cannot...
...In the novel "Frankenstein," by MaryShelley, Victor Frankenstein is the creator of a "monster." Because of his thirst for knowledge and ambition to create life, he goes too far and creates a huge creature, which he immediately rejects. This rejection plays a major part in the monster's hatred for humans, especially Victor. The author, MaryShelley, supports the theme, loss of innocence, through plot, setting and characterization. This essay will explain the many ways that the characters lost their innocence throughout the novel Frankenstein.
In the novel “Frankenstein” plot deals with the conflict that is inside Victor Frankenstein, who produces a monstrous creature. Victor is disgusted at the site of the creature he has created. "I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then, but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived"(43). After Victor rejects the monster, he meets a family that brings out his sensitive side. When these people reject him, the creature destroys everything in sight. "I was like a wild beast that had broken the toils, destroying the objects that obstructed me and ranging through the wood with a stag like swiftness"(121). The innocent Justine is accused of a murder, committed by the creature, and dies, therefore increasing...
...MaryShelley uses three narrators in her complex narrative of Frankenstein to create a certain degree of objectivity- the novel starts with an epistolary structure with the letters of Robert to Margaret with include an account of the life of Victor and that of the narrative of the monster through the narrative of Victor. The narrative plot is can be said is made of concentric circles with Robert in the outer most circle, Victor in the second circle and the monster in the innermost circle.
In the outermost narrative of the four letters, which Robert writes to his sister Margaret, we move to an embedded narrative- the narrative of Victor and the account of the latter then serves in to frame the entrenched narrative of the monster. The narrative of Robert can be called a "Chinese box structure" as we have stories within stories. His narrative is a biographical one since he tells the story of Victor and that of the monster through the narrative of the latter. His narrative is important in the novel as it in through him that we come to know about the life and experience of Victor and the monster and his personal ambition. There is no chronology in his narrative- he accounts for the experience of Victor and the monster separately. Robert is a reliable narrator-he takes note of the storyline of Victor. Furthermore he relates both the narrative of Victor and the monster in a neutral way as he neither sides with Victor nor with the...
...Shelley presents Victor Frankenstein to be in awe of his own achievements and abilities. Victor tells us that from early in his childhood that “with all his ardour, he was capable of a more intense application [than Elizabeth].” “More” demonstrates Frankenstein's need to prove himself of greater “capability” than others in order to justify his awe with himself. Victor also notes his application was “intense”, showing his learning ability to be of such high quality that it would be unobtainable for many. The fact that Victor says this with little humility when telling his story to Walton shows his desire for his abilities to be known by others as he feels they are of abnormally high quality. “Thus spoke my prophetic soul”, shows Victor to be glorifying his own thoughts. The use of the adjective “prophetic” creates connotations of spiritual and religious elitism, an ability to connect to or achieve something that others cannot. “Soul” also creates spiritual imagery and infers Victor has beneficial, otherworldly qualities. Furthermore, “thus spoke” has a tone that is somewhat preacher-like: one would expect a quote from a religious text of a deity, angel or spiritual leader to be prefaced by the words “thus spoke”. All of these references to religious and spiritual superiority create connotations of hubris, demonstrating Victor’s amazement of himself to be that one would have of a God. Victor's hubris can also be seen from: “It was the secrets of...
...cord that all seemed but one train of enjoyment to me. (Shelley, Frankenstein, P. 33). However, the Frankenstein's were mainly concerned with physical appearance. Victor's father married Caroline because of her exquisite beauty, and Elizabeth was adopted into the family, also because she was beautiful. Victor was also a product of idealistic education; the explicit goal of this form of education is to make a contribution to civilization. For Victor, the contribution would be the study of life sciences and the formation of the soul; however, he had no one on his side encouraging him and supporting his educational involvement. As a result of this childhood, Victor is left with no sense of inner beauty. His disillusionment with parenthood, especially mothering after he lost his mother to scarlet fever, led to post-partum depression and neglect. He experienced the burden of loneliness by living in a superficial society and did not have the character to cope with it. For Victor, parenting had become an issue of possession, ownership and self-exaggeration.
The issue of parenting soon became an obsession with power. This need of power led Victor to create what he believed would be a beautiful human being. But he failed to see that combining the most beautiful human features does not necessarily create a beautiful human being. He was inspired by scientists who ...acquired new and almost limitless powers... (Shelley,...
Human beings aren’t perfect, but we try to present ourselves that way. All humans aren’t bad either, but on the other hand, there is some evil in all of us. We do not realize it but the evil in us is always present and can be seen in the smallest things. No matter how benevolent a person is, the generic evil in the person will never fade away. MaryShelley exposes this malign present in all human beings through her bookFrankenstein. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the protagonist, Victor Frankenstein, in his attempt to play God, his cruelty towards the monster, and his selfishness proves the inherit malevolence present in all human beings.
Since God has created mankind, the human race has become ungrateful. We have forgotten that God has awarded us with life. We have developed an ego that humans are the greatest thing in the world and that we can do anything, even play God. This is clearly seen when Victor tries to bring a dead person back to life. Victor studies various forms of science and decides to create a new race (Shelly 38). This is something only God can do. Humans do not have the capability to construct their own race of people. This shows how human have become ungrateful and think they can do something that only a God can do. Humans have forgotten that some things are better left for God to do. Victor collects corpse parts in order to make a perfect...
...Frankenstein literary analysis paper
Pursuit of knowledge is a theme that often shows up in the text Frankenstein. Frankenstein the main character and the monster are very willing to gain knowledge and learn every aspect of life. They incorporate many dangers while pursuing knowledge. Through the characters of the monster and Frankenstein, MaryShelley develops the theme of pursuit of knowledge. She uses the characters- monster and Frankenstein to demonstrate how dangerous it is to pursuit knowledge.
Through observing, the monster is noticing the behaviors and acts of the cottagers. By observing the cottagers the monster is gaining knowledge and through this the monster is feeling sad and angry at the same time. He is feeling sad and angry because he knows that he is a different creature and will not be accepted by the cottagers. The monster says that “I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me. I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge” (85). The monster is saying that by gaining knowledge his sorrows and depressions has only increased. Even though the monster realizes that it’s dangerous and his pain will keep increasing, he doesn’t stop pursuing knowledge.
The monster continues to pursue knowledge by deciding to get in to the cottage in order to talk to the old man. He bravely gets...