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Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein Essay - Critical Essays

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  • Topic #1
    Discuss the true nature and personality of the creature in Shelley’s Frankenstein.

    Outline
    I. Thesis Statement: Although the creature behaves viciously and murders several people, he is not inherently evil or malicious.

    II. Creation of the creature
    A. The creature as a product of Victor Frankenstein:
    1. Construction of creature from body parts
    2. Victor brings the creature to life
    3. Rejection of the creature by Frankenstein
    4. Confusion and pain of rejection
    5. Experience of physical senses
    6. Emotional response
    B. The creature as a lost innocent:
    1. Wanders in the woods, alone and confused
    2. Discovery of food and fire
    3. Seeking shelter from natural elements

    III. The creature in society
    A. Second rejection by humans:
    1. The peasant flees from the creature
    2. He is isolated from society
    B. Creature understands he is repulsive to humans:
    1. Prefers to hide in the forest, away from people
    2. The creature realizes he is ugly
    C. The benevolent nature of the creature:
    1. Admiration of the De Lacey family
    2. Anonymous acts of kindness towards the family
    3. Appreciation of music and literature
    4. Attempt to communicate with M. De Lacey
    a. Seeks companionship from the father
    b. Experiences sadness instead of anger at Felix’s attack
    5. Burns down cottage after De Laceys move out
    a. First violent act in response to rejection
    D. The creature attempts to save the drowning girl:
    1. Attacked by girl’s father
    2. Further rejection by society

    IV. Creature’s relationship with Frankenstein
    A. Rejection and abandonment by “father”:
    B. Creature discovers identity of his creator:
    1. Creature experiences true rage
    C. Creature demands a mate from Frankenstein:
    1. Only wants to be left alone with a companion
    2. Promises not to harm anyone
    D. Creature’s...

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