Plato’s Republic in Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, is reminiscent of Plato’s Republic. Indeed, the story seems to prove Plato’s theory that imitations ruin the understanding and that they can be easily produced even if the person has no knowledge of the truth. The story in Frankenstein is several times removed from the truth as Victor Frankenstein who first heard it from the monster tells it to Robert Walton. Indeed, considering that what happens in the story is without a shadow of a doubt impossible, Shelley proves the claims Plato made in The Republic: imitations are not representative of the truth.


Plato. “The Republic Book X.” The Internet Classics Archive. 1994-2009. Web. 15 April 2017.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. New York: Dover Publications, 1994. Print. Dover Thrift Editions.


2 Replies to “Plato’s Republic in Frankenstein”

  1. I also made this link when reading the book for the 47th time. I like that you talk about it.

    According to your “About” section, this blog is for school and I think it is really analytic and well done.

    From a Frankenstein Fan


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