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There are many varied interpretations of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein in the study of literature In fact most critics have if not opposing somewhat contrasted views on the novel However a popular perception of the novel seems to be one in which Shelley is said to be representing her own views through the voice of the monster created by Victor Frankenstein But what exactly are Shelleys views So many have taken apart this novel analyzing it beyond all bounds and yet it still remains a puzzle to most as to what message Shelley tries to give to the reader Perhaps this quandary is the direct result of this over-analysis What if we are looking too carefully If we were to take a step back we should see that Mary Shelleys Frankenstein is nothing more than the not uncommon story of the average teenager This isnt to say that the novel is not a work of art rather it is quite possibly the best prose ever written by an eighteen year-old But the fact of the matter remains Mary Shelley was eighteen going on nineteen when she wrote Frankenstein Taking this into account it becomes more apparent that Shelley was not commenting on social aspects of her time or the feminist movement that her mother helped create rather she was simply expressing her feelings as a teenager as so many of us need to do These feelings of isolation separation and being misunderstood all of which are not uncommon to many teens are in fact the same as those experienced by the monster in Frankenstein In this way the monster most likely is a representation of Mary Shelley Almost all of us can relate to a time in our lives when we were young and misunderstood by our parents Almost all of us have had an experience where we had done something wrong and during the process of being berated by our parents tried
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