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Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Creation of a monster Blair Trusty World Civilizations 100299 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a complex novel that was written during the age of Romanticism This gothic work has enjoyed a wide range of interest and readership for roughly 200 years Gothic tales have certain elements in common chief among them being certain universal themes eerie settings twisted creatures and a breach in the natural order Shellys Frankenstein is a perfect example of a gothic novel In this book she explores as her main theme the development of evil in an individual when he is subject to rejection by society She also develops two secondary themes mans fear of death and mans conflict between morality and science These two themes are used to support and clarify the main theme These themes are as relevant today as when the novel was written The novel is first and foremost an exploration of the development of the evil in Frankensteins monster which is a consequence of his rejection by society Frankenstein created his monster from bits and pieces of human corpses and brings it to life Horrified by his actions he deserts the creature to find its own way in the world Hideous in appearance unable to communicate and ignorant of his condition the creature attempts to interact with the people around him They reject the creature with fear and cruelty causing him to flee in hiding The monster falls victim to the system commonly used to characterize a person by only his or her outer appearance Whether people like it or not society always summarizes a persons characteristics by his or her physical appearance Society has set an unbreakable code individuals must follow to be accepted Those who dont follow the standard are hated by the
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