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Compare and Contrast Frankenstein and The Dead Reading contemporary novels and stories has been one of my passions since childhood Throughout the years I have changed the genre considerably yet never ventured into classical authors until this semester Unlike the contemporary books Ive read these classical works demand much more reader participation and involvement Two examples of such demands of their readers can be found in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and The Dead by James Joyce The beginning of both works misguide the reader The main characters in each story begin as the hero but soon become the villain Shelley and Joyce require the reader to look deeper into each character and come to an understanding of their shortfalls in order to fully appreciate the complexity of the story Shelley begins Frankenstein with letters from Walton to his sister stating How slowly the time passes here encompassed as I am by frost and snow yet a second step is taken towards my enterprise Shelley 9 These letters were hard to follow initially because there was so little background work for the reader to follow or utilize in order to complete the process of filling in the gaps It was like beginning in the middle of a story and wondering what the references were referring to or what lead up to that point This causes the reader to question what has been happening and what is currently taking place Not until later in the book did I realize that the beginning letters from Walton to his sister were necessary to give background into why and how Victor got to the ship via the dog sledge trapped on an ice cap The letters help the reader understand the reason Walton listened so intently to Victor he was looking for a true friend As Walton expressed to his sister I had always felt of finding a friend who might sympathize with me Shelley 14 This is somewhat
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