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.
“Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.” Fear only holds back those who have things to lose. So what about a man who loses everything at his own hands, what does he fear? It was a million dreams for the world he was going to make. However, Victor Frankenstein becomes the key to the making of a murderer, and his dreams were shattered. Victor suffered from the loss of all his loved ones, which impacted the theme sorrow & loss in the novel.
"Believe me, Frankenstein, I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone?" (M. Shelly 114). Therefore the daemon's nature must be loving and compassionate, but because he experienced a lack of nurturing, that he was expecting to receive from his creator, Frankenstein, this then caused the daemon to be monstrous and seek revenge upon his creator; therefore Frankenstein's pain was a result of his own failures. The character of Frankenstein argues that both nature and nurture influences the behavior of people through his actions against his very own monster and in turn the effect of those actions on himself. Frankenstein left the monster alone, and the monster reacted for seeking that Frankenstein should feel just as much loneliness and woe and he did by killing off his entire family.
This paper argues that prejudice and xenophobia in humanity play an essential part in the happenings told in Shelley’s work. As Lawrence Lipking rightfully assessed the creature at first is “too good” (Lipking 428) and “innocent” (Lipking 428) but sooner rather than later “hostility and prejudice of men” (Lipking 428) awake desires of violence and revenge in it which lead to its awful plot against its creator. There is a huge shift in the emotions of Victor Frankenstein once his work is done and the creature finally opens its eyes. While
Moreover, when he “looked around, he saw and heard of none like [himself]. Was I then a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled, and whom all men disowned” (138). Through the knowledge he acquired from spying in on the Felix family, he gained the understanding that his grotesque look doomed him to be marginalized within human society; therefore, his understanding of human history destined himself to be a monster. Although, this self-realization of a monster identity plays a huge role in the general plot and character development of Frankenstein’s Monster, it hints at a subtler interpretation of the nature of knowledge.
With this strength, Victor becomes scared and wants his creation dead. Victor’s creation, like all other beings, have feelings and emotions like that of an infant. He needs love and someone to teach him as one would a child. When Victor tries to kill his creature-like “Son”, the creature runs away where he is then sought after
Relationships in Frankenstein 1)Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein novel analyzes the life of a monster abandoned by his father and creator with no companionship in life. 2) The monster created to appear beautiful turns out ugly which leads to his father abandoning him in fear. 3) The creator, Frankenstein, recognized the monster as grotesque and ran away in fear of the monster he had created. 4) The monster runs away and after he becomes self educated he returns to his father in order to receive companionship. 5) Even a monster needs companionship to survive the loneliness of being different.
The fictional horror novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is driven by the accentuation of humanity’s flaws. Even at the very mention of her work an archetypal monster fills one’s imagination, coupled with visions of a crazed scientist to boot. Opening her novel with Robert Walton, the conduit of the story, he also serves as a character to parallel the protagonist’s in many ways. As the ‘protagonist’ of the story, Victor Frankenstein, takes on the mantle of the deluded scientist, his nameless creation becomes the embodiment of a truly abandoned child – one left to fend for itself against the harsh reality posed by society. On the other hand, Walton also serves as a foil to Victor – he is not compulsive enough to risk what would be almost
In Frankenstein, Shelley presents two characters who represent the different sides of the same character. The monster was a clear reflection of his creator because; they had the same development, same pain and suffering, and were recluses. Victor and the monster did not physically resemble each other, but they had the same personality and traits, therefore,
Victor has feelings toward the monster that Walton doesn’t have because Walton doesn’t have the past experiences with the creature like Victor does. Walton understands and agrees with Frankenstein about how ugly the creature once Frankenstein shows Walton what the creature looks like. Walton understands and agrees with Frankenstein that the monster is hideous. Walton is able to tell the story of Frankenstein and the monster while being removed from the drama of it all. Walton ultimately adds great amounts of suspense in the mysterious character known as Victor Frankenstein, and the outcome of the novel right away in the book.
The monster shows his sorrow after being rejected by the cottagers; “I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair. My protectors had departed, and had broken the only link that held me to the world. For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom” (Shelley 97). The creature leaves where he was abandoned to a cottage of the Delacey’s there he learns about humanity. After learning he accidentally drives the Delacey’s apart from him, causing great depression and anger (Frasait).