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Mary Shelleys novel Frankenstein is a critique of the romantic ideology from its time Even though there are elements of a celebration to be found within the text ultimately the criticisms contained in the novel far outweigh the celebratory points thus sending the message across that the novel is a criticism The text has many different defined themes that are seen constantly in the text including human nature social upheaval and corruption which help to exemplify Shelleys evident criticism of the time she lived in She uses intertextuality to help her criticism have meaning by linking it to past stories that are placed high on a pedestal in a deity form She also shows her disapproval of her periods ideology through her romantic hero which shifts from Frankenstein to his monster in the course of the novel All these items help prove to us as the readers that Frankenstein is a critique rather than a celebration of romantic ideology In Mary Shelleys novel we see many negative aspects of human nature In a period where individuality is supposed to be highly valued that individuality is instantly shunned The definitive individual in the novel is Frankensteins creation The creature is rejected almost instantly after he was woken up As stated in The Romantic Novel in England by Robert Kiely page 171 The first thing that Frankenstein does after the creation of the monster is to reject him Thus proving that we as humans will reject something on the basis of appearance It is in our nature we cant help it - it is how we live Human nature makes us fear unconventionality and thus the creature is rejected by society on the basis of appearance This is not the only example of human nature in the novel however In Victor Frankenstein there is stubbornness which Mary Shelley foregrounds and exaggerates beyond normal human stubbornness His stubbornness is in his belief that his creation of life
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