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Who Is Frankenstein's Monster?

Colin McGinn

in Ethics, Evil, and Fiction

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238775
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238770.003.0007
 Who Is Frankenstein's Monster?

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In this chapter, McGinn begins with a study of the meaning of monstrosity, in which he considers the view set out in the previous chapters that evil is ugliness of soul. Monsters seem to be visible embodiments of evil: however, the connection between physical ugliness and ugliness of soul is not logically necessary. To pursue this point, McGinn presents a close study of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. McGinn interprets the novel as a metaphorical depiction of the human condition. He argues that the life of Frankenstein's monster can be understood as a model of human life.

Keywords: evil; Frankenstein; human condition; monsters; monstrosity; Mary Shelley

Chapter.  10958 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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