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Frankenstein: Monster Defined

  • Date Submitted: 12/16/2011 08:08 PM
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Frankenstein: Monster Defined
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein allows for simple use of the Deconstruction Theory of analyzing literature.   There are numerous binary oppositions to work with clearly revealed on the surface of the novel.   After an in-depth reading, many more oppositions can be seen.
Among those oppositions are the biblical analogies of Frankenstein as the creator and the monster as the created, as well as Frankenstein’s relationship with the monster which he created. After looking at these, it is unclear as to whom the real monster is.   Is it the creature Frankenstein created because of his abnormal size and grotesque appearance?   Or is the monster Frankenstein himself because of his selfishness in want of personal gain?   The answer to that really lies in one’s definition of ‘monster.’
Obsessed with recreating life, Victor Frankenstein all but locks himself away piecing together a life form with super human qualities.   Victor feels the need to show off his intelligence while maintaining some level of power and the love of his family.   By creating this being, he has taken on the role of God.   He wants to believe he is knowledgeable enough to accomplish such a task and even believes himself smarter than God, as he makes his version bigger, stronger and more agile than a normal human being.  
As soon as Frankenstein’s creation takes a breath, Frankenstein immediately becomes   fearful of him and runs away, abandoning his own ‘son.’   Unlike God, he leaves this creature, the monster, all alone. He runs because of the hideous appearance of the monster.   Without taking time to talk to him, to teach him, Frankenstein just runs away.   He has no idea what his personality or demeanor is like, and like the other humans the monster meets, he is shunned based only on his outward appearance.
The monster becomes frustrated and confused; he searches for direction in his life, for love and acceptance.   None is found or given by his ‘father.’   Frankenstein tries...

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