Determination Becomes Obsession In the words of actor Jeremy Irvine, “Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters.” This is a true statement related to two fictitious characters from the play Doctor Faustus and the novel Frankenstein. The main characters of both literature, Dr. Faustus and Frankenstein, are both determined to gain knowledge in the sciences and stop at nothing to obtain this knowledge themselves. As Jeremy Irvine suggests, their determination for knowledge developed into unhealthy obsessions and later into the premise of their lives. Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus and Mary Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein both demonstrate controversial infatuations with learning that ultimately drive them to their downfall. Dr. Faustus is a German scholar who is determined to acquire as much knowledge, wealth, and power as he can.
The characters in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein discover that without control human creativity is dangerous. Discuss. The drive to conquer unknown territories, consider new possibilities and approaches to life and the desire to learn are alapail proposed as worthy pursuits in Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. However, Shelley also highlights exactly what can occur when such pursuits and ambition are unchecked or approached without care and reflection. Ultimately it is the many individuals in Victor Frankenstein’s life who experience the deadly consequences of his creativity as his creation is repeatedly excluded and disregarded.
The book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster, is continuously present in Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein. A specific example of this can be found when analyzing the chapter “... More Than It’s Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence”; Foster gives humorous insight to understand the meaning behind violence and death in literature. Conveniently, the concept of life and death in Frankenstein is the most important driving force behind the plot. Victor Frankenstein creates the Monster who continuously feels out of place in the world. The Monster kills several people throughout the novel, and deaths create the problematic situations the characters are forced to overcome.
A foil is a character who contrasts with another character in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character. In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein Or The Modern Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein is telling his story about his trials and tribulations so far in his life. Characters like the creature, Elizabeth, and Henry Clervel help highlight Victor’s qualities. Robert Walton is a more effective foil for Victor Frankenstein based on his experiences that parallels and contrasts Frankenstein’s life. Robert Walton is going on a journey to the North Pole while Victor Frankenstein is on a journey of exploring the scientific world.
The main themes and ideas between Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner allows for an effective comparison. With the heavy themes of man’s destructive thirst for knowledge and playing God. In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein A scientist Victor Frankenstein searches for knowledge. In his quest for knowledge he learns to make a man or more really he made a monster. The Monster is lonely and horrifying.
Altogether, in my opinion, this image comes together to create a sense of trying or attempting to accomplish a certain goal, or desire imbedded deeply within, supported by his gazing eyes in the picture. Through the analysis of this picture I have come to the conclusion that Frankenstein has a certain goal or desire that he desperately wants to
In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein and the monster share many similarities and differences. The monster does not share the same physical stature as Victor, instead they share some of the same personality traits, and for example, they are both very loving and want to help people who need it. In the novel we see how Victor and the monster share differences, but as the novel goes on, we see how they become more alike. The characters both experience alienation; they both assume the role of a creator, and they both experience love and loss in the novel. Victor and the monster are similar through their experience with love and loss.
The monster’s features are a paradox, him being both beautiful yet repulsive. Frankenstein is a characteristic Romantic and Gothic novel because it utilizes nature, mystery, and setting to convey tone and mood. Frankenstein shares many of the common characteristics
One difference would be the main point of interest because it is something evident that the audience can notice. The character Victor Frankenstein from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley confirm the difference of him within his actions he has through the relationships he develops. Frankenstein and characters such as Elizabeth Lavenza, Henry Caravel, and his own monster creation share resemblance throughout the novel. One main point of interest is how they treat each other, with compassion and care (40). Compassion and Victor is mutual, and Shelley implements foils to develop a complex understanding regarding himself.
The combining of two words like gothic and romance seems unnatural, but there can be love in a horrifying tale. That is why Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is an excellent example of a Gothic romance novel. Shelley mixes gothic and romance with Victor’s creature/monster who yearns for love, but without it turns to revenge. As the creature shares his travels with his creator he states, “ 'Believe me, Frankenstein, I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator, abhor me '” (Shelley 53).