Formalist Essay On Frankenstein

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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Oh, where to begin. Light is associated with goodness and knowledge. Fire is symbolic of both human progress as well as the dangers of human invention. Er, or possibly the dangers of nature as oppo...

Writing Style

Okay. Hands up out there if you did this at least once while reading the book: (1) rolled your eyes, (2) sighed with exasperation, (3) shouted, "Get over it already! Everyone has daddy issues!", or...

What’s Up With the Title?

Well, Frankenstein is the name of the scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who creates the monster. Congratulations: you now know more than the average Joe, who thinks that the scientist creates a monst...

What's Up With the Epigraph?

"Did I request thee, Maker, from my clayTo mould me Man, did I solicit theeFrom darkness to promote me?" —Paradise Lost, X, 743-45Have you ever screamed at your parents, "I didn't ask to be born,...

What's Up With the Ending?

At the end of Frankenstein, Walton describes the monster's last move: He sprang from the cabin window as he said this, upon the ice raft which lay close to the vessel. He was borne away by the wave...

Shout Outs

John Milton, Paradise Lost; "Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay/To mould me Man, did I solicit thee/From darkness to promote me?" (Epigraph, 10.9, 15.3); the monster reads it at De Lacey's cot...

...Essay 1: Frankenstein: the frame and its functions, the characters (Frankenstein, the monster, Walton), the main themes; the manipulation of suspense Frankenstein: Chinese boxes, Russian dolls and a big, scary monster This essay will briefly examine a variety of features in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Firstly, it will examine the structure of the novel before turning to the three main characters. Afterwards, it will investigate how Shelley manipulates suspense and then discuss a few selected themes. Finally, it will offer a concise summary and a concluding statement. Concerning the structure of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley structured her story in a series of layers, using a frame structure. When examining this kind of structure one will probably come across the term Chinese boxes. However, the image of Russian matryoshka dolls appears to be more fitting in the case of Frankenstein as the novel follows the lives of different individuals, with some of them being manipulated by their own obsessions like puppets, or dolls if you will. In reference to Frankenstein and literature in general this term refers to novels which are told in the form of a narrative, imbedded in a narrative and so on. This frame structure complicates the first person point of view she utilizes in her novel Frankenstein. The chain of narration shifts between the three major characters...

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