Frankenstein by Mary Shelly is many things. It is horror, romantic and well, science fiction. The story dwells into the ugly of not only science but of man, monster and loneliness, as well. The novel is a classic, adored by many and an inspiration to modern culture, all forms of media and so much more. The novel mainly centers on Victor Frankenstein [the young student scientist] and his 'monster’ creation.
In Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, cruelty is what sets the plot in motion. The rejection of the monster by Victor Frankenstein represents the wickedness that is consolidated with human society. The inclusion of cruelty in Frankenstein functions to capture the creature as abandoned by his creator, withdrawn from mundane society, and a victim of the evil nature of humankind, even when he has admirable intentions. Although the novel was written in the 1800s, there is a strong connection between what we understand of how society treats “ugly” people now and how they were treated back then. In the novel, once Victor Frankenstein completed his creation and it was filled with life, he screamed and fled from him.
It is quite telling that the most severe punishment in our society other than the death penalty or torture is solitary confinement. Although, isolation is in itself a form of torture, it can drive someone to the brink of insanity. Although published nearly 200 years ago, Mary Shelley clearly understood the potential detrimental effects of isolation, as demonstrated in her famous novel, Frankenstein, where both main characters, Victor Frankenstein and his creation, suffer from and cause isolation for the other. Mary Shelley directs the reader to believe that isolation is the true evil, not the monster, Victor or any emotion inside of them. At the beginning of the novel, Victor is isolated from other people, causing to forget his scientific
The monster’s motivation to get revenge for his creation and the destruction of his companion causes him to murder anyone close to Victor Frankenstein. Soon after Victor destroys the monster’s companion, the monster kills Henry Clerval. Victor serves time in prison because he is blamed for the death of Henry Clerval. Next, The monster kills Elizabeth, who was the source of Victor’s joy. As a result, Victor’s father dies days later.
A greedy decision by a single person can affect many people around them negatively. In Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein, the character Victor Frankenstein demonstrates this with his egotistical behavior, lust for knowledge and lack of empathy. These poor traits leads to the creation of the monster, Frankenstein, which results in the demise of Victor and his relatives. Frankenstein demonstrates that greedy cruel behavior ties in with human suffering. Victor’s lust for knowledge makes him greedy as he isolates himself from friends and family.
Comparative essay of Frankenstein and The Island In two pieces of works, there is one subject where the both align: creating artificial life. Frankenstein, novel by author Mary Shelley, is about the main character Victor Frankenstein playing God by creating a non human creature that all living sees as a monster including himself. Meanwhile in the film The Island directed by Michael Bay there is instead a company that plays God, where they illegally create clones to prolong the lives of the rich. Overall the movie and the book both shine the spotlight on the ethics of creating artificial life while also discussing whether or not these creations are “human”.
Frankenstein and Ethics Romantics of the nineteenth century believed that when one strays from morality and scientific method the effects are damaging. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein exemplified this belief of science that becomes detrimental when ethical boundaries are crossed. Victor is consumed by guilt as his creation wreaks havoc upon his life and loves. Shelley’s gothic story can be perceived as more than a horrifying tale; it is a direct insight into the consequences of science without any morals.
Frankenstein’s Monster as a Tragic Hero Aristotle once said that "A man doesn 't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall" (Carlson). In Frankenstein, many argue that Victor Frankenstein himself is indeed the tragic hero of the novel. I believe that the creation of Victor Frankenstein (the monster) is the actual tragic hero. There are several components to being a tragic hero, two of the most important are their tragic flaw, and the component of a tragedy or a tragic ending to the story. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is without a doubt tragic through many characters in different ways, but in my eyes, the creature is the character that sticks out with the most characteristics of a tragic hero.
Victor Frankenstein is a wealthy scientist who seeks to create new life. Through the use of severed body parts and Galvanism he creates a new being and is immediately repulsed by his own creation. He quickly abandons this monster leading him to much trouble in the future When Frankenstein's monster learns of his creators abuse, he quickly becomes angered with his own existence and the actions of his creator. The monster begins to take out his vengeance upon humans that he encounters. But the responsibility rests within his creator.
Mary Shelley shows the endless amount of revenge and that it is driven by pure hatred and rage. The monster was not created to be vengeful, he was kind hearted but when he was poorly treated by Victor and then by the Delacey family, he turned cold. In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley displays the immorality and destructive effects that revenge can have through Frankenstein and his pursuit of the creature. Immediately after the monster had awoken, hatred thickened and would drive the plot to be all about revenge. The creature illustrates this hatred as he says to Victor, “Everything is related in them which bears reference to my accursed origin; the whole detail of that series of disgusting circumstances which produced it is set in view;
Frankenstein: Who is at fault? Frankenstein is a book about love, loss, and the affect it can have. A series of cause and affect events happen throughout this book involving Victor and his creation. The question to be answered is who is to blame for the tragedies. Although both characters have wrong-doings, Victor is more to blame for the outcome of the story.