Character & Theme in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is tightly connected to the historical changes and events taken place in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are many historical, moral and philosophical approaches in this work that are still rather important for us today. The ideas of the book are increasingly important in this age of intensive scientific development and numerous approaches of the nature of life and death.


So, the intriguing plot development begins in the Arctic Circle as the symbol of mystery and unpredictability.
The time when the novel was written was that of rapid scientific explorations. As well as many other young men, Victor Frankenstein was fond of natural scientific researches and decided to devote himself to the science. But he did not just scientific experiments, but he decided to transform living substance from the dead one! Victor Frankenstein's explorations were based on medieval alchemists' researches which tried to prove that resuscitation is possible and a human being can be immortal. Alchemists provided such experiments but nevertheless their dream wasn't realized. But the people's dream of resuscitation and transformation of lifeless substance was and is still survived, and this aspiration is eloquently reflected in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. In the spirit of Enlightenment, Victor Frankenstein tried to explore the human nature. He was sure that scientific reason can surpass God, and he made his supernatural experiments intending to bring scientific benefit to the mankind. ...
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