Whereas Frankenstein does not properly value the domestic affection he is given until it is violently taken from him, his creation learns that this is what values most in life and yet is not able to gain this affection from others. Francis Bacon says in his essay Of Friendship “I have given the rule, where a man cannot fitly play his own part; if he have not a friend, he may quit the stage”. Shelley highlights the need for a sense of belonging and companionship by letting both her main figures suffer the pain of not having this need fulfilled and, in consequence, they both “quit the stage” (Bacon) and turn their backs on humanity. Social isolation, although through different circumstances, was the predominant cause for both Frankenstein and his creature’s demise. Even Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley’s husband, wrote in his preface to Frankenstein about the “amiableness of domestic affection” (Shelley 9).
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.
“The more I saw them, the greater my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures: to see their sweet looks directed toward me with affection” (Shelley 86). These are the motivating words that a hero needs to hear to encourage him to embark on his journey. These are the words that prepare the hero for what is to come as he takes this leap of faith. Frankenstein's monster is the true hero of this story in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He is the true hero because he, like a hero develops a monstrous amount of courage to do something terrifying, he is extremely determined to reach his goal in order to be happy, and he is willing to risk certain aspects of his life that he values
In Frankenstein, Victor deliberately secludes himself during his quest for forbidden knowledge, “I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit” (Shelley 58). Victor confines himself in his laboratory at Ingolstadt, prioritizing his ambitions over human connections. However, Victor’s actions further isolate him when his experiment succeeds; Victor withholds his burden and feels reluctant to speak about his horrid creation, the monster. Victor’s agony and remorse for causing innocent deaths emphasize the consequences for transgressing limits. However, in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, events beyond the mariner’s control result in his isolation.
He might be so likeable because he has some great qualities in his personality. The first great part of his personality is his selflessness. As mentioned in the paragraph above, Van Helsing’s motivation to kill Dracula is not for himself but others. He might have a family and a job back home, but he spends countless weeks searching for Dracula for the good of others. Another good example of a trait Van Helsing has is he is very empathetic about others.
He loved his family very much. As not only a prince but as a Trojan, his desire of being heroic was a crucial value. Hector also had other desires including the desire of having a good reputation, admiration and success in battle. Hector was a human, so he also had times of being prideful and fearful. One of the scenes from the Iliad where Hector showed love is the scene his wife started having fear for the family for when Hector died.
However, despite the fact that they have slight differences, when comparing their experiences and characterization, it is apparent that they are more similar than they are different. They are similar because, they both lived in isolation, were abandoned, and lived like outcasts in the modern society. They both lived in isolation because other people thought that they were different. For instance, Victor Frankenstein was left all alone at a tender age after the death of his mother, and he never got a feeling of having a family. In addition, Victor was obsessed with dead bodies and creating a being.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Chapter 3) You never really understand what Atticus, a white father with a creditable job as a lawyer but defends for the black, was trying to teach his children if you are not trying hard to play his role in the novel. Widespread poverty, as it was during the Great Depression, had brought neither good nor wealthy life to people in old Maycomb. It could be no less normal than any other town during that dark period of time — racial discrimination, class division, gender roles, prejudice, none of them were left. Jem and Scout, whom in the novel represent for the innocence of youngsters, have grown up
While working on the creature, Victor Frankenstein ignores his own physical health due to his overpowering ambition to keep working. At first, he believed his health would merely ‘fix itself’ as he continued on, “The energy of my purpose alone sustained me: my labourers would soon end, and I believed that exercise and amusement would then drive away my incipient disease” (Shelley 42). Obviously Victor’s health wouldn’t miraculously get better with time or once he finished the monster; therefore his ambition lead him to disregard his declining physical health. Furthermore, Victor supplemented his physical health concerns to put more time, energy, and focus into the creature, “For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished” (Shelley 43).
Regardless of the request of his family and teachers to surrender this all-expending interest he proceeded on. He did not do anything with his "free time" but think about this investigation of human liveliness. He dismissed some other thing in life that brought him bliss, so he truly became the distraught researcher that we as a whole know from popular culture. Telling that when Frankenstein took breaks to go home, his energy would be tempered, he would acknowledge what genuinely brought him delight in life, and he would be joyful. Be that as it may, at that point he would come back to school, and proceed with his goal.
Because of the loving and care he received from his parents, Alphonse Frankenstein and Caroline Beaufort, Victor found himself unable to function around a new group of people when he got to the university. "I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaged in endeavoring to bestow mutual pleasure. I was now alone. In the university whither I was going I must form my own friends and be my own protector" (26). The isolated Victor is different in several ways including his manner, and the way he goes about his education, which is more focused and ultimately more obsessive.
Though, he was described by many people as an intelligent individual, he had no street smarts, this led to his death from poisonous potato seeds. He made the mistake of leaving his loved ones behind especially his sister. McCandless was driven and had his mind set on this terrifying and dangerous adventure all leading up to his journey in Alaska which is why he continued his life on his own. Chris should have kept his college savings in order to survive this adventure to the wild. With the money he had saved, possibly could have kept him alive to this current day.
Victor and his Creature have some similarities and differences which reveal messing with life or death can be dangerous. Victor Frankenstein creates a Creature that he have many similarities to in different ways they both isolate themselves.The Creature has no one to go to because he is not accepted by humans, and Victor just likes to be alone while he is working. They also have the same thirst for knowledge the Creature teaches himself how to read by listening to an Arabian girl named Safie as she is being taught. While Victor will do anything possible to get the knowledge he need “ forced to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel-houses”(42) to figure out how to build the
Ben did not have control over getting pneumonia, and at this point he does not have much control over how he recovers. This demonstrates naturalism because naturalist believe that nature has absolute control over humans. That one can not stop bad things from happening. My life has been filled with lots of great things and happiness, but bad things that have happened to me I did not previously have control over. When my parents got divorced I had no idea what to do.
Nonetheless, a meeting with him will involve long hours of observation to understand the way something functioned the way it did and in isolation with very little conversation or questions being shared. Mostly, I am interested in meeting him because of the way he observed and studied the laws he produced and how someone who was brought up to work on a farm and not become the most influential scientist known today. Moreover, he interests me because he had to work to continue his studies and get into college. If he hadn’t left the farm then the scientific wouldn’t have happened with him as the main contributor.