A five page paper on: - Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", - Philip K. Dicks' "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and - John Wyndham's "The Day of the Triffids."

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Through out the semester we have read several novels along with an array of short stories. Some of the novels covered were Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein, and Philip K. Dicks', Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? , and John Wyndham's, The Day of the Triffids. In each of these novels there has been some kind of event forcing the protagonists to act in a manner that they were not accustomed to before. There are certainly similarities and differences between the various characters in these novels. It is the significant events themselves that causes the characters actions, motivations, desires, thoughts and attitudes to change. It is the changes between the characters actions, motivations, desires, thoughts and attitudes that will be displayed in this paper.

In each of the texts we have read all of the main characters have been loaner's. Each is forced into some kind of event, which puts an incredible amount of stress on the character.

Each characters actions, motivations, desires, thoughts, and attitudes are affected, never returning to there prior state. It is the fact that they are loaners that makes them more flexible to dealing with their new challenges.

Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who creates a monster, which comes back to punish him for all the grief which he had caused his creation. Victor under goes both physical and psychological strains, through out the novel as a result of the torment of his evil creation, driving him to become a loaner.

In The Day of the Triffids, the character Bill is the survivor of a catastrophic event. He was a loaner who was faced with the new challenge of survival, which he had not been accustomed to before. From his actions to his attitudes, these were completely affected by the task of survival.

In Do Androids...