Transformation by Marry Shelley

Length: 3 Pages 864 Words

THE DARK SIDE OF “THE MOON” So you plant your own garden and decorate Your own soul, instead of waiting For someone to bring you flowers... (Unknown poet) The short story “ Transformation” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is a confession of a man, who experiences supernatural adventure that completely changes his personality. One of the most important themes of the story is the struggle of good and evil in a soul of a person. This theme is topical at all times. Every person has his own sins, and he is able to estimate them only if he manages to take a detached view of himself. Happiness of a person depends on weather he is able to fight against dark side of his soul or not. Love and selfless feelings help him in this fight. To convey this theme successfully the author uses the concept of doppelganger. It helps her to develop the character of Guido (the narrator), and to divide his good and bad features. She stresses the importance of what the character sees through his own eyes, how he perceives himself and others around him. In the beginning of the story the narrator characterizes himself as an extremely selfish, elate, careless person, who is not able to control his wild emotions and passions. He looses Continue...


Only at the very end of the story the narrator understands that this ugly dwarf is nothing but himself from the inside: " knowing that him whom she reviled was my very self. In this case a person would accumulate love in his soul through the whole live, and this feeling would help him to become happy and to provide successful future to his children. Being infirm and helpless it is easier for Guido to "transform into a better person. I rushed forward - I threw myself on him - I tore him away. he meets this ugly malignant dwarf and finally realizes all his mistakes. In such moments only the divine love helps him to become better, purer and to exhibit the best features. The theme of love is the central one in this story. At the darkest moment of his life he sees the dream that guides him to fight for his love: " What did it mean was my dream but a mirror of the truth was he wooing and winning my betrothed I would on the instant back to Genoa. More than that he is not able to keep the most important person of his life - his innocent and fragile bride Juliet. Only at the edge of his life, when he is sure that he will die in a while "I shall soon die here on these lonely sands, and the limbs he covets will be mine no more. his father's money only because of that.