An analysis of two literary works – “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson – illustrating the theme of unnatural production.
This paper focuses on how the novels “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson demonstrate the theme of “unnatural production”. A comparative analysis is conducted to further evaluate both characters’ motivation and understanding of their behavior as well as their social relations with other people apart from the two main characters’ interactions with their creations. In addition, a cause-and-effect analysis is incorporated to further establish the paper’s main thesis.
The dominant theme that can be found in the novels Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the issue of unnatural production, wherein the major characters in the story played god by creating a human being that was a product of scientific research and methods. In Frankenstein, Shelley illustrated Victor Frankenstein’s obsession to participate in scientific discourse after being inspired by two influential academicians in the University of Ingolstadt, where he studied right after his mother died.