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In the first paper I pose the questions Why was the Creature so ugly? Why was it created by parts of different bodies? Is there any hide intention behind these questions, or Mary Shelley simply wrote it just like that?

As a starting point Iwill say that Mary was completely conscious of what she was writing. But to answer these questions we have to address to both different origins, the first one is her biography, there’s one script left at this blog but I will sum the main aspects I consider to develop these questions.

The most important fact in her life,and the clue to understand Frankenstein is the death of three of her children. That tragedy is focused on the character of the Creature which represents her impossibility of being mother and their own imperfection as they died being just babies, even more the first one didn’t born alive.

So when she decided Frankenstein to “built” these creature (because Frankenstein is the doctor, not the Creature he resucitated, but time has made we associate the doctor with the Creature) her intention was to claim for the search of perfection, a perfect human who came from the Death. But the idea of perfectibility is a utopia, that’s why this monster has to be formed by different parts of bodies, to achieve this perfection, but Life is ironic so the most marvellous Creature it was, the most scars it has. These scars remind us we can’t play to be God although we desire doing good. These scars are also used by Mary to condemn racism and jelousy because society dosn’t accept someone who is better than the others and they try to reject these people by teasing, bullying, etc…  (although it has been writen on 1818 we can see things hasn’t changed).

We can say that the Scars of Frankenstein are the scars of the society where we live in and they will survive until human being dissapear or take a radical change.

At the beggining of this page I was saying there were two origins and here’s the second: The medicine and science discoverings. When someone reads Frankenstein for first time he or she could say Mary Shelley was a visionaire imagine the implantation and a later resurection of a person; probably it’s true but this idea doesn’t appear by magic but is birth in a context in which science and medicine are being developed.

Some of the hypothesis running in that time was the implantation of organs and the use of electric impulse to move them, the same method is used nowadays for heart attacks to save lifes. Other discoverings of this time were the anesthesia by William Morton or the vaccinerabies by Louis Pasteur.



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Academic year 2009/2010
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© Agustín Cacho González

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