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Frankenstein is a widely read novel written by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is a widely read novel written by Mary Shelley. The author narrates a story about Victor Frankenstein, a scientist who ventures into creating some sort of an experiment. Most importantly, the novel takes an epistolary form where Robert Walton takes up the role of conveying Frankenstein’s narration as a first person. This essay will primarily relate to Foster’s concepts and the novel Frankenstein.
Chapter One.
Foster expresses the significance of every story having a quest: a persona to plunge into a quest, destination, reasons for the quest, setbacks experienced across the way and the primary objective of undertaking the quest. In most instances, according to Foster, the crucial purpose of the quest does not necessarily depict just going to where the quester travels to. Rather, the protagonist attempts to highlight an elevated understanding of something. Therefore, readers must infer a special deduction from the text in a bid to understand the substantive reasonableness of the quest. The absolute reason normally slacks off as the story progresses.
“Even if they were to leave Europe, and inhabit the deserts of the new world…I trembled and my heart failed within me; when on looking up, I saw by the light of the moon, the demon at the casement. A ghastly grin wrinkled his lips as he gazed on me, where I sat fulfilling the task he had allotted to me.” (Shelley, 1869, 131). From this excerpt, Frankenstein’s quest focused on his attempt to create another character to drag along with this monster. The main purpose of this act was to ensure that the monsters do not harm the people that were close to him. However, he did not finish his primary insight since he destroyed the character he was creating. By reading through the lines, we realize that Frankenstein understands where his preferences lie. Additionally, we are able to understand that his allegiance to the human race supersedes his personal needs (Lepore, 2018).
Chapter Five. When in Doubt, It’s from Shakespeare
Shakespeare had an immense impact on the literature world. His impact on the works of other authors is imperative. There is some sort of perpetual existence of Shakespeare in the imagination of several writers hence a majority of them build their concepts from his work. Regardless of having not read his literary works, Shakespeare’s expressions and quotes are still prevalent. In Frankenstein, the author derives authority from the former.
“That he should live to be an instrument of mischief disturbs me; in other respects, this hour, when I momentarily expect my release, is the only happy one I have enjoyed for several years. The forms of the beloved dead flit before me, and I hasten their arms. Farewell, Walton” (Shelley, 172). This segment showcases the urge to seek power and knowledge. This is similar to Macbeth, who is a character in Shakespeare’s literary work, also shows the desire of possessing greater things. Additionally, Macbeth loses people that are close to him while trying to keep the charge of his future. Relating to Shakespeare and Frankenstein, both characters pass on before they could fulfill their purposes due to the fact that they overstretch their limits to go after them. Neither doe Frankenstein finishes off the monster nor does Macbeth become king.
Chapter Eight. It is Greek to Me.
Foster asserts that Greek mythology has a big impact on literature. Myths are a norm in the society. We have at one time sat down and read something about the Greek mythology. They are fascinating, Right! Writers, on the other hand, implore the use of these myths to denote themes, personification, and imagery. Therefore, familiarizing ourselves with these myths boost our comprehension.
“I remained two days at Lausanne, in this painful state of mind, I contemplated the lake: the waters were placid; all around was calm, and the snowy mountains, the place of nature was not changed. By degrees the calm and heavenly scene restored me.” (Shelley, 58) “That is my least concern, I am by a courage of strange events, become the most miserable…can death be any evil to me?” (Shelley, 203). Apparently, these quotes together with the prior understanding of Frankenstein’s actions during the journey depict what has happened to him. The term “Modern Prometheus” is used to describe Frankenstein. Among the Greek, Prometheus was a god who surpassed the mortal boundaries (Plot Summary of the Novel, 2018). Frankenstein is portrayed in the same context. Ancient Greek tales say that Prometheus was punished by casting his liver to be feasted upon by an eagle and ironically brought back within the night. Similarly, the same is seen in Frankenstein. He undergoes inner torture as well as briefly being muted by the serenity of the surroundings but eventually becomes normal again.
Chapter Nine:
Foster implies that weather in literature implies a deeper meaning and not just the sufficed atmospheric nature. Rainy conditions depict is used to change the mood of the story. Sunny conditions symbolize joy and a forecast of good things. Fog stands for confusion and perplexity whereas snow may be used at the discretion of the author. This quote from Frankenstein implores the same “When I was about fifteen years old…We witnessed a most violent and terrible thunderstorm…I remained, while the storm lasted, watched its progress with curiosity and delight…a stream of fire issued from an old and beautiful oak…and I eagerly inquired of my father the nature and origin of thunder and lightning. He replied. Electricity! ” (Shelley, 32) “This last stroke completed the overthrow of Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Paracelsus, who had so long reigned the lords of my imagination. But by some fatality, I did not feel inclined to commence the study of any modern system.” (Shelly, 33). Rain symbolizes the discontinuance of Frankenstein’s concern in the Agrippa, Albertus and Paracelsus’s philosophies and the stone. He involved himself in conceiving his monster unlike before when he had his energies directed at devising the stone.
Chapter Nineteen: Geography Matters…
Each and every location advances the content of the story since it is used to represent some sort of symbolism as well as themes. Ideally, most locations are fictitious but it is really a significant aspect of the plot. This is where a character is supposed to be linked to these physical attributes as well as the people around them.
“I continued with unabated fervour to traverse immense deserts, until the ocean appeared at a distance, and formed the utmost boundary of the horizon. Oh, how unlike it was to the blue seas of the south!” (Shelley, 1869, 152). The author uses the geographical presentation to progress the development of the plot by influencing Frankenstein’s conditions and ensuring that he becomes severely desperate as a result of the environmental conditions that were not comfortable to survive in contrary to the monster he had created who was well endowed with the appropriate features to survive such conditions. Frankenstein further traveled where he got nabbed consequently melting into ice thus the concurrence of a vessel that belonged to Walton (Stableford, 2018).