This is the reason why each story is told in a different manner, changing the point of view and the importance of some or other aspect of the world of its narrator. The monster is one of the main elements in gothic literature. Although it does not exist as such in every gothic work, it is present as the undesired, the feared, the Other. This essay will foccus on the monsters as creatures that portray the fears of a society.
Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the reader finds many examples of the importance, need, and especially lack of responsibility with characters like Victor and the monster. A reader of Frankenstein sees multifarious examples of Shelley’s theme of the dangers in not taking responsibility even today in the real world. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Shelley’s portrayal of Victor as selfish suggests that not taking responsibility can lead to pain, death, and the suffering of others as we see in the novel which relates to today's society of powerful countries not taking responsibility for the weapons that they create, and the damage that is revealed as a result. Characters in Frankenstein not taking responsibility show the reader the potential dangers of pain and death in numerous situations in the novel.
Someone who the monster can reconcile with and feel befriended in his dark and lonely state. “I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create” (123). The monster yearns for someone he feels he could fit in with.
Unlike Victor Frankenstein’s birth, the creature searched for glory from a beginning of loneliness and a craving for love from the humans he wished to be. Even though he was unfamiliar with the typical childhood when he was first ‘awakened’, the monster knew he had “no money, no friends, no kind of property”, and he wished to change that (128). He wanted what everyone else got freely, and even with this unfairness, he tried desperately to earn these ‘normal’ assurances he didn’t already own—like acceptance. When the creature was furiously denied these privileges, he turned away from humanity and their prejudice and looked to his own race, demanding a similar undead wife from Frankenstein. “‘You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being.
In the novel Frankenstein, the author Mary Shelley shows the everlasting power of nature by limiting the knowledge man can learn about it. Throughout the book there are many times when Victor yearns for nature in order to heal him from the misery and violence in his life. This misery and violence are caused by his determination to learn more about the natural world. The monster Victor creates, due to his loneliness, defies the unwritten rules of nature and exemplifies the supernatural aspect of the novel. Victor’s mood completely shifts when he is around nature and he instantly feels calmer when near it.
Mary Shelley, wrote this novel on a rainy, gloomy day that became a staple piece in literature. She is famous for her novel, Frankenstein, that had a huge influence during the Romanticism age. Frankenstein is about a student who created a monster and was scared of his work of art. Frankenstein eventually comes back to request a partner, but when Victor refuses, Frankenstein comes back for revenge by going after Victor’s family, taking his brother and “wife-to-be’s”, life away. Throughout this novel Mary Shelley use different techniques to give this story life.
In Mary Shelley’s iconic gothic novel, Frankenstein, Romantic themes are strongly represented in order to propagandize Romanticism over the elements of knowledge and the Enlightenment. In her novel, Shelley uses gothic nature settings to foreshadow dark events that are about to happen in the novel. She also uses nature to intensify the effect that is brought during significant scenes, a strong example being, when Victor Frankenstein’s monster approaches him after a long period of time. Nature and its use to influence mood is one of the most paramount themes of both Frankenstein and Romanticism.
Formed from an unorthodox assortment of pieces from the “dissecting-room and the slaughter-house” (Shelley 34), the creature is already an “other”. Despite an abhorrent appearance, when the creature first awakens he is the epitome of a “blank slate”, as he knows nothing, except through what he experiences. Having no understanding of Victor’s initial rejection of him, the Creature, reaches for Victor, just as a newborn searches for the
Limits on Knowledge Mary Shelley 's novel Frankenstein shows there are certain limits to what mankind is allowed to know. In many points in the novel Victor Frankenstein shows that the creation of a new life never ends well. Because of the work of victor it leads to many casualties and hurts the world around them. This helps exemplify the theme of gothic literature and the points of Horror and violence, as well as supernatural and mystery, along with sublime nature and man as his own worst enemy. Two common points are horror and violence and how Victor has learned to much knowledge on the creation of life.
The creature was as helpless as a baby, he had no sense of right and wrong. His nature did not help him very much, by making him feel dreadful about himself, the people around him felt the same exact way he felt about them. The themes nature and nurture fit into the argument of the growth and actions of the Monster, they both play a crucial role in the Monster's murderous temper. The Monster’s general personality was all he sees and hears around him, which connects to the concept of nature . He copies what others do around him; like a baby, he can only act in ways he has been self-taught.
In the novel, Frankenstein, the author, Mary Shelley, uses frame story to express different viewpoints of each character. These figures include Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein, and the Creature. Within these traits, Mary Shelley explicitly uses the Creature as her primary focus. She uses the Creature because she wants readers to understand how humanity rejects people due to their appearances instead of their inner self. Due to the monster 's appearances, humanity rejects him.
In the novel “Frankenstein”, Mary Shelley displays a variety of themes throughout the novel. The author utilizes various themes that were controversial during the time of the release of Frankenstein. The reader can find themes like the quest for knowledge or even a prejudice theme. The quest for knowledge was one of the most controversial themes because of the use of science being utilized for evil frightened people at the time. Although, these themes were very controversial, the predominant theme Mary Shelley exhibits in the novel is family, society, and isolation.
The Significance of Family in Frankenstein The role of family is a reoccurring theme throughout Mary Shelley’s epistolary novel Frankenstein and the idea that family has significant role in one's life is evident. In addition, Mary Shelley’s life is also alluded to in many ways throughout her novel such as the death of her mother and her trip to the Swiss Alps with Percy Shelley. The sequence of unfortunate events throughout the book suggest the idea that the disconnect to one's family causes emotional turmoil that he or she cannot overcome.