A Comparison of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I will be comparing the novels ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley and ‘Of
Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. I will focus on how the main outcasts
in each book feel and how their emotions are presented and what
effects this has on the reader.
The novel Frankenstein is about a man Victor Frankenstein, who grew up
in Geneva, Switzerland as an eldest son of a quite wealthy and happy
family. His parents adopted an orphan Elizabeth, who later becomes his
wife. Frankenstein wasn’t very popular although he had a good friend
called Henry Cleval. At a young age he found the need to learn and at
19 he went to a University in Ingolstadt, Germany. Here he found his
need to learn even greater and his interests soon became an obsession.
After four years of intensive studying he took his work further and
created life from different parts of the human body taken graveyards,
slaughterhouses and dissecting rooms. When the creature awoke he
realised that he had created a monster, but what Victor hadn’t
realised was that it had feelings like any other human being. Out of
his nervousness when the monster disappeared, he caught a fever which
his good friend Henry Cleval nursed him back to health.
As he went home he was informed of his brother’s death, and when he
saw the creature again he knew it was the monster. Scared of what his
family might think he decided not to tell them but he let his
knowledge of the real killer mentally torture him, especially when
Justine a good friend of the family was accused and hanged for murder.
He left the house and went wandering in the valleys, there
Frankenstein’s creation meets him and tells him his life story.
After leaving Frankenstein’s laboratory, the monster went and found
himself in a village where he was by attacked villagers because of his
appearance. He then found refuge in the country side and stayed in a
small hovel next to a house occupied by a blind man and his two
children. Here he learnt to speak and read by reading the family’s
books. Then longing for some companions he speaks to the blind man
which he knows won’t judge him on appearance. He gets in a friendly
conversation but then the man’s children come back and it all goes
wrong. The monster filled with anger and rage then runs of into the
forest Here he meets Frankenstein’s younger brother who he strangles,
knowing that it will hurt Frankenstein.
The monster has only has request from Frankenstein, that he makes him
a wife so he won’t be lonely all his life. Frankenstein is moved by
this and agrees, knowing that the monster will carry on killing if he
doesn’t. Victor leaves for England with Henry Cleval to finish off his
work, promising to Elizabeth that he will marry her on his return.
Victor started to work...