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"Frankenstein" summary

Essay Topic:

A profound summary of Mary W. Shelley’s “Frankenstein”.

Essay Questions:

Why did Viktor Frankenstein in the first place decide to bring a creature to life?

In what way does Viktor Frankenstein oppose himself to the Creator?

What stops Viktor Frankenstein from taking full responsibility for his actions and the action of his creature?

Thesis Statement:

Mary W. Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a very complex novel which arouses profound and vital issues of the inability of people taking the responsibility of the Creator.

 

Introduction:  Mary W. Shelley whore an outstandingly deep book and a serious message to the reader. The lines of the novel output the fact that no one should interfere in the course of life and death, that no human being must bring back somebody from death or create as each of these actions eventually causes fatal and tragic consequences. Every unnatural act will create unnatural consequences as science is not “God”.

The novel tells the story of a man of science Viktor Frankenstein who decides to create a form of life using the parts of the body of dead people. After he brings the creature to life he becomes terrifies by what has been brought to life. He escapes his apartment and eventually coming back he discovers that the monster is gone leaving Viktor in the pain of remorse. Once he decides to run away to Geneva to forget about what has been done he finds out that his youngest brother has been strangled to death in Geneva.

After arriving to his family in Geneva, Viktor reveals the fact that it was his monster who strangled his brother in the woods. Nevertheless, he allows Justine Moritz to be executed for William’s murder. Viktor’s cowardice and inability to take responsibility does not let him tell everybody the truth.

When Viktor is alone in the mountains he faces the monster and it shares how lonely he is and that he wanted to hurt Viktor as a price for his cruelty. The creature begs Viktor to create a companion for him so that he can be happy and not hurt anyone else. As the remorse get to Viktor he does not let the female monster live and this provokes rage of the monster and his desire to revenge. As the result his friend Henry and his wife die from the hands of the monster. Viktor dedicates the rest of his life in the attempts to find the creature he has brought to life and dies.

Conclusion: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a tragic novel in which the mistake of one person leads to the death of his beloved ones. A bright scientist decides to interfere in the plans of nature and nature represented by the creature severely punishes him for that. No one but God should take responsibility of creating a human form of life. Viktor Frankenstein forgot responsibility behind his scientific ambitions as he decided to become the Creator.

 

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