Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a literary classic that tells a story of a young scientist Victor Frankenstein who created a monster that tries to live in society but is rejected.
The monster Victor Frankenstein created will go after his creator seeking revenge. In this essay, I will be evaluating two critiques of the novel. Beginning with Professor Naomi Hetherington’s critique and the second critique written by Professor Sherry Ginn. Naomi Hetherington is currently a university tutor.
The department she works in is Lifelong Learning. Previously, she was a teacher for some time at Birkbeck in the English department. Naomi graduated from college at Newnham in Cambridge. She studied and achieved a bachelors degree in Theology and Religious studies. Naomi kept going and continued her education. Spending countless hours, she mastered in Victorian Literature at the college of Manchester. Naomi was not finished as she studied for a Ph.D.
at Southampton. Hetherington is apart of some extracurricular groups. A proud member of the British Association for Victorian studies, including the Women’s History Network. She is also an inaugural participant of the History of Feminism Network. Hetherington is the author of Amy Levy.The thesis of her critical article is the imaginative interpretation of the story, we take a look at the previous events as a build up of meaning attainable to Mary’s peers and will continue to future generations.
Hetherington will discuss how Mary’s transformation affect the religious suggestion of her tale. She wants her audience to have an understanding that Frankenstein binds with the Christian religion. The representation of how the world was created plus the fall of man, when evil was installed into the world. There are also agnostic connections from the tale of Zeus and Prometheus in her story that is notable.
I agree with this thesis, Frankenstein is a imaginative figure, the creation of the monster represents humans taking matters in their own hands to create life. This action results in negative consequences. Similar to the Christian story of Adam & Eve and the forbidden fruit. When Adam & Eve ate from the forbidden tree he became knowledgeable of worldly concepts.
Evil then emerged into the world. Correlating that story to Victor Frankenstein, we see a scientist trying to be God-like by creating life from a scientific experiment. Evidently, his creation does not fair too well in society and comes back to get revenge. Hetherington uses sufficient research to make a strong case. She states a literary tradition that was growing at the time of earthly critique of materialism, selfishness, and inhumanity.
Shelley wrote Frankenstein in a way that reflected the earthly practice. The character Victor Frankenstein’s creative mind deferred from natural creation.Hetherington alludes that “Frankenstein supports the vindication of God the creator of life in Paradise Lost, for the creature longs for Adam’s plenty and often compares it favorably with his own.
” Hetherington states that “the author describes an undeniable picture of the portrayed father (God) and the portrayed devil (evil spirit) prophesying and distressing a sinner’s soul.”Introducing the second critique written by Professor Sherry Ginn. I will first provide some background information. Sherry Ginn works for Wingate University. At Wingate she is currently an assistant professor in the Psychology department and is a director. She directs a program in women’s studies. She is a college graduate as she studied for her Ph.
D. in General Experiment Psychology from South Carolina. Ginn has written some books about contemporary science fiction. Two of the books are Our Space, Our Place: Women in the Worlds of Science Fiction Television and Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Weedon.
Ginn helped edit a few essays about sex in science fiction her famous one is The Sex Is Out of This World. Ginn’s critique refutes the claims that I make. Ginn’s believes that Frankenstein was written based on Shelley’s personal life. She encourages the audience to look past the exterior of the creature and decide who the monster really is. Ginn’s major focus is on Mary’s life from a psychosocial perspective. I disagree with the autobiographical view of the novel.
Shelley was influenced by Paradise Lost and the Prometheus myth. Hetherington states that “Mary composes her story of Frankenstein and his creature around Paradise Lost and its Greek opponent, the Prometheus myth, and seemed to support Milton to the degree to get her book on the shelves.” To Summarize, the novel Frankenstein was heavily influenced by Paradise Lost. Frankenstein is an imaginative character, the inception of the monster represents the knowledge of the damage to humanity and the negative outcomes that can occur. Shelley made it a point to compare Frankenstein to God and Satan.
By creating the creature Frankenstein was trying to be God. When the creature confronts his creator on the mountain top in Blanc, Frankenstein is forfeited into cursing himself, similar to Milton’s Satan trying to curse God in his day on the mountain in Niphates.