Frankenstein. Zehra Zaidi Shannon Yap. Our Prompt.
The British novelist Fay Weldon offers this observation about happy endings. “The writers, I do believe, who get the best and most lasting response from their readers are the writers who offer a happy ending through moral development. By happy endings, I do not mean fortunate events…but some kind of spiritual reassessment or moral reconciliation.
This prompt proposes an idea that the best response from the readers come from novels who have a happy ending. Happy endings do not mean fortunate events, but instead some kind of spiritual reassessment or moral development.
Although Frankenstein doesn’t necessarily have a happy ending (almost everyone dies lol) it does have positive spiritual and moral development. The creature has moments where it seems to develop some great characteristics.
“I felt emotions of gentleness and pleasure, that had long appeared dead, revive within me.” (Page. 101)
The quote above depicts the creature starting to feel the emotions which he thought had died off. The emotions gave him pleasure, a sort of happiness.
In “Frankenstein”, the despondent creature, who was emphatically misunderstood as malevolent, progressively developed throughout the novel in a positively happy way, not by mere fortunate events, but by transcendent moral development, spiritual reassessment and prevalent personal experiences.
Another significant moment is when the creature helps save the little girl from drowning although he had such hatred for other people. This shows great moral development because the creature’s caring side is illuminated.
Page 44, Chapter 4 "No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success..."Using "like", Mary Shelley manages to compare two aspects in order to illustrate her point. Shelley manages to relate monotonously motivating feelings to a hurricane, which is also quite persistent.
Page 44, Chapter 4"...dedicated myself; and the moon gazed..."The aspect of the moon gazing truly represents personification because it is virtually impossible for the inanimate object of the moon to do so, so Mary Shelley gave the moon human-like attributes.
“I wept like a child. "Dear mountains! my own beautiful lake! how do you welcome your wanderer? Your summits are clear; the sky and lake are blue and placid. Is this to prognosticate peace, or to mock at my unhappiness?" (P.49)
Mary Shelley used imagery to describe how the creature felt mocked by the beauty of nature when he felt so ugly himself.
Visuals (In Order)
Bloom, Harold, ed. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987.