The scientist Victor Frankenstein calls his creation a “wretch” and assumes that it is evil solely based on it's appearance. Shelley chose to write her novel to criticize and comment on human nature’s form of judgment. In order to accomplish her writing purpose she shares Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation's existence through imagery and foreshadowing. Shelley shared Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation
He presents the idea that monsters help people to practice unnatural scenarios that reflect moral difficulties in society. Two Gothic, fiction novels that feature monsters are Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Both novels relate to Asma's idea about the significance of monsters. However, the novels are greatly comparable. There are distinguished similarities and differences between the conflicting themes of religion and science in Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
In fact, Frankenstein’s god complex appears in the wretch when the wretch refers to speech as “a godlike science, and I [the wretch] ardently desired to become acquainted with it” (Shelley #). In Attridge’s essay, he opines “I am in a way other to myself” (Attridge 25); therefore, it is possible to view the Wretch as the shadow of Frankenstein or the suffering inside of Frankenstein. Towards the end of the novel, Walton rebukes the Wretch for killing Frankenstein, which causes the Wretch to implore “Do you think that I was then dead to agony and remorse?” The Wretch isn’t “other” to the rest of humanity; he shares Frankenstein’s same feelings of regret for his
In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses the novel as a means to convey her attitude on certain scientific and moral issues of the time. She utilizes the plot of the novel to express concern surrounding scientific achievement, to put forward the notion that God should not be a passive being, and to iterate the concept that beings are not born “good” or “bad”, but rather become “good” or “bad” based on their interactions with their surroundings. In Victor Frankenstein Shelley creates a character driven by his pursuit of scientific discovery. He can be seen as an allegory to the industrial revolution that was changing the world in which Shelley lived in radical ways. Victor makes himself ill in his chase to create his monster, never stopping to think of
Society judges on looks, therefore, society described him as a monster. Monster is defined as an imaginary creature, typically large, ugly, and frightening and serves as a caveat (Dictionary.com). Mary Shelley uses the term monster when referring to the creation when she wants to demonstrate the differences between Victor and the creation. This monster, in such sense, might indicate a better version of humanity. However, the monster demonstrates that he can also be empathetic, as spoken about
In Frankenstein, Victor’s sense of morality is destroyed by the dark side of human nature and technology. Mary Shelley makes a statement through Frankenstein to call to attention that mankind is moving away from the natural healing forces of nature and stepping into the dark unknown of technology. She shows that if humans don’t have a sense of balance between the two, we could ultimately destroy our morals and nature
These questions are the approach that Mary Shelly attempted to develop throughout her novel. A prominent motif in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is alienation and how alienation sets the wheels of the plot into motion. In Frankenstein, loneliness due to its milieu and isolation from society make the creature dangerously capricious. Therefore, the creature’s isolation from society expresses a person's traits which are affected more by nurture (alienation) than by Nature. Frankenstein grounds its argument in a symmetrical pattern, with social
Elizabeth C. Denlinger, a researcher of British Romantic Literature says, “We all know what Frankenstein’s monster looks like: he looks like Boris Karloff. But, at one time, he looked like a Roman senator — and, another time, like a weird clown” (Denlinger). Even though nobody knows specifically how Mary Shelley intended the creature to look like, all descriptions of the creature have one thing in common: he was horrendous and not a pretty sight to see; a complete opposite of God’s human creation. Frankenstein’s monomania for more scientific knowledge is what caused his misfortune. He wanted to explore more.
Many know the saying, “curiosity killed the cat,” although few heed this warning. Victor Frankenstein is one of many who did not. Mary Shelley knows this, and a major theme in her novel Frankenstein conveys this lesson. In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley portrays the dark side of knowledge; she demonstrates that the accumulation and pursuit of knowledge can lead to destruction of not only the pursuer, but also those around them. Mary Shelley develops the idea that knowledge can lead to destruction by employing the romantic elements of emotion and introspection.
he natural imagery in "Frankenstein" is comparable to the best in the Romantic literature. Mary Shelley paints Nature and its divine grandeur with some rare strokes of a masterful hand. She deliberately juxtaposes the exalted vision of Mother Nature with the horrendous spectacle of a man-made monster and his ghastly deeds. This steep contrast sets reader thinking about the wisdom of departing away from the set norms of Nature. Mary's message to mankind is loud and clear; do not mess with Nature for your own good.