Surfacing and Frankenstein

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The two novels, Surfacing and Frankenstein are both regarded as stories of alienation. Though the reasons for the alienation may be different, there are certain similarities between the two novels. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood is even considered the modern-day Frankenstein.


The narrator's mere defense from the search party is running away. Language betrays her, as it is by shouting that she is discovered by the search party. The narrator keeps up the false hope that she is able to reject human society just as she believes that she can reject human words. She appreciates how beasts know all kinds of plants without being able to name them. She goes mad and promised herself not to allow her child to learn human language, yet she ultimately
While in Surfacing, the human willed to be part of nature; in Frankenstein, the monster attempted to be part of society. The novel Frankenstein is teeming with texts: books, inscriptions, journals, notes, and letters fill the story, at times within each other,
sometimes merely quoted or alluded to. Human language here plays a huge part in the creation's progress. By watching, hearing, and observing the regular people, the creation learns to read and speak that allowed him to recognize the way he was created. Along the chase into the northern ice, he turned nature into a writing surface as he leaves notes for Victor writing them on rocks and in trees. It is not an odd thing to notice that in Surfacing, nature was the hindrance to the protagonist's want to learn human language, while in Frankenstein, nature was the means the creation and the human are able to interact with each other.
Atwood utilizes the narrator's continuous sense of isolation to express ...
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