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Year12 Literature Long Essay Frankenstein Discuss the societal bourgeois ideology and Romantic ideology that informs construction of Shelleys narrative in her novel Frankenstein Mary Shelley lived during the eighteenth century a time of great social upheaval It was during this time that the Bourgeois or middle class ideologies were becoming ever more prominent It was Bourgeois ideologies such as religion and education that helped to inform the construction of Shelleys novel Frankenstein Mary Shelley was a writer who was greatly influenced by the ideologies generally associated with romanticism It is then clear to see through her exposure to these ideologies Shelley relied upon her experiences to help inform the construction of the narrative in her novel Frankenstein Featured quite heavily in her novel are the romantic ideologies of the fear of scientific experimentation and the superiority of nature The Bourgeoisie were people who were considered to be middle class and who endorsed the ideologies associated with the middle class In a Bourgeois society knowledge equates to power Only males had the opportunity for a structured liberal education Victor and Henry both attended university in Ingolstadt where Victor who was passionate about his study further developed his fascination for natural philosophy but with all my ardour I was capable of a more intense application and was more deeply smitten with the thirst for knowledge pg 38 At the heart of Shelleys Frankenstein is the pursuit of knowledge Victor attempts to surge beyond accepted human limits and access the secret to life while Walton attempts to surpass previous human exploration and reach the North Pole This ruthless pursuit of knowledge proves to be dangerous for both Victor and Walton Victors act of creation results in the demise of all those close to him and Walton finds himself trapped dangerously between sheets of ice Victors obsessive hatred of the monster leads to his own death while Walton abandons his mission having learnt from
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