Although victor childhood was blissful, he explains to Walton that he had a violent temper at times, as well as intense passions, that "by some law in his temperature, they were turned not towards childish pursuits but to an eager desire to learn all things indiscriminately" (marry Shelley pg. 39). Despite Victor 's confessions regarding his nature, for some reason, Walton continues to see him as a good person. Walton says, "what quality is it which he possesses, that elevated him so immeasurably above any other person I ever knew. believed it to be an intuitive discernment; a quick but never-failing power of judgment."
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein released in 1818 takes us through the journey of several of the most famous characters in literary and movie history from two perspectives. While Mary Shelley’s original interpretation is considered a very popular and successful literary work, it wasn’t until James Whaley’s movie interpretation that the character of Frankenstein became so famous throughout the world. The movie which was adapted from a screen play written in the 1920’s became one of the pioneering horror films due to James Whaley’s inspiration of essentialist styles originating from Germany. Both works bring different elements to the table with Shelley’s novel involving complex but interesting moral debates involving the characters and their decisions
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein depicts the remarkable resemblance to the “modern” myth of Prometheus. The intertextuality used to connect these two stories, allow Shelley to bring out the most prominent themes of Power and suffering. As both of the characters deal differently with the struggle to resist the power that comes with creating life, the inevitable end for both characters are the same; they fall at the hands of their own creations. Shelley carefully utilizes the legend of Prometheus to express the connection between punishment and creation. In the myth of Prometheus, he creates man and steals the gift of fire to give to humanity.
The creature is even more conscious of his superior power over Frankenstein, and calls himself ‘the master’ when Frankenstein breaks his promise, “Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have proved yourself unworthy of my condescension. Remember that I have power, you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master—obey!” (148). Their mutual chase through the whole novel is also mirrored in the coexistent relationship
Like Prometheus, Frankenstein builds his own own original creature. Though Prometheus makes many humans and Victor only makes one, their similar acts of inventing life provide an obvious connection between the two. In an article from BritLit by Samantha Elmendorf, she states the origin of Shelley’s titling, “The subtitle functions as an appositive to the primary title; Shelley likens Frankenstein to the classical father of mankind. The most obvious correlation is that both figures forms a living being out of lifeless material.” This describes part of the reasoning behind the title, as Shelley sees her character bringing a being to life just as Prometheus
The monster created by Victor plays a good role of the Prometheus in Shelly’s story (Shelley 104). Moreover, Paul also agrees with the Hetherington’s view that Frankenstein despite playing the role of God in creating the monster, he also compares himself to Satan. All my speculations and hopes are as nothing, and like the archangel who aspired to omnipotence, I am chained in an eternal hell" (Shelly
Frankenstein is a prime example of Freud 's theory of the subconscious being divided into three parts. After analyzing Victor Frankenstein and his creation, it obvious that they both have an unbalanced subconscious. At the start of the novel, Frankenstein’s id was more prominent, and after he realized what he’d created, his superego took over with his sense of guilt. The creature on the other hand primarily follows his id, and doesn’t feel guilty of what he’s done. Despite their hatred for one another, Frankenstein and the monster are very much the same.
Overall, the entire story that Victor Frankenstein tells us about himself, is predominant in positive aspects about him. He told us about his perfect childhood, listed all his achievements and how he did not ever doubt himself. He always puts his own self in a very flattering light. Quite a handful of the points he mentions regarding his achievements are not necessary for the story he is telling. However, he is so self-absorbed that he mentions these details anyway.
The Duplicity in Frankenstein Rationalism and Irrationalism 1. Rationalism-- Frankenstein as Science Fiction The 17th and 18th century witnessed the rapid development in science and technology, raising the problems between man and nature, and the conflicts between reason and emotions. Frankenstein was the reflection of these features. Authorities generally hold the view that Frankenstein is the first science fiction in modern sense. It talked about how science influences the human society and dealt with the conflicts between man and its creation.
Frankenstein is a story about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who creates a monster that eventually destroys him. Shelley uses characterization to show that the ways humans use technology can make people monstrous. Frankenstein was a outstanding student of “natural philosophy” or science. He especially excelled at chemistry. A exceptional student realized what he could achieve with his knowledge and goes on creating new life.