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A Brief Summary of the Creature’s Motivations in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

The ostensible antagonist of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – the Creature whose life Victor initiates – is compelled into committing violent acts under the false belief that doing so will allow him to assimilate into humankind. Rejected as he was by Victor from the moment of his ‘birth’, the Creature seeks, with humility, a society which…… Continue reading A Brief Summary of the Creature’s Motivations in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

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A Brief Summary of the Delusions of Grandeur Presented in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Mary Shelley’s gothic horror, Frankenstein, thoroughly delves into the concept of ‘man playing God’, as can be seen through both the inner dialogue and actions of the protagonist, Victor. To Victor, God’s omnipotence is not beyond mankind, but rather a force that can be understood, harnessed, and then transcended by means of science. Thus, Victor…… Continue reading A Brief Summary of the Delusions of Grandeur Presented in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

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Analysing (what is essentially) the Social Commentary of Cate Kennedy’s “Dark Roots”

Life, as portrayed in the episodic vignettes of Cate Kennedy’s collection Dark Roots, can be a perpetual power struggle. In even the most menial of the mundane, Kennedy’s characters are made vulnerable by the figurative hands of various external forces. Not always without a fight, however, as said characters often make persistent attempts to win…… Continue reading Analysing (what is essentially) the Social Commentary of Cate Kennedy’s “Dark Roots”

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On Cate Kennedy’s “A Pitch Too High for the Human Ear”

“A Pitch Too High for the Human Ear,” the second story from Cate Kennedy’s “Dark Roots” anthology, follows the bland, routine-centric life of a seemingly archetypal ‘family man’: Andrew, the narrator. Andrew, despite his docile façade, finds family life unfulfilling, not to mention grinding. His wife, Vicki, gossips about him, never not finding a flaw…… Continue reading On Cate Kennedy’s “A Pitch Too High for the Human Ear”