A common definition of a hero is one who defies the given law and creates their own storyline through his or her actions. However, In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we see Victor Frankenstein go under a complete mentality change due to his curiosity in science, which leads him to becoming what is known as a byronic hero. Shelley shows Victor’s descent into madness by exploiting certain byronic characteristics such as a destructive passion, self-doubt, and loneliness. Victor’s passion ultimately proves destructive as it only causes him and his surrounding people pain and grief. Knowing he is causing said grief, Victor plummets into a self-loathing and lonely period where he must remain isolated.
A monster being more human than a human is the intriguing and bold concept that Mary Shelley successfully conveys throughout Frankenstein. As the story progresses a clear shift of protagonists is crafted creating a fascinating yet subtle paradox, that allows the reader to empathise with the monster. This subtle paradox seems to be one of the guiding plotlines that makes this story an excellent reflection of human arrogance. While it may seem difficult to empathize with a hideous murderous monster, the reader is constantly reminded that he was built to be loving and exactly like a human. However, after constantly being corrupted and morally tested by human thinking the monster is led to become aggressive.
In both novels Frankenstein and The Handmaids Tale the question of what it means to be human is a reoccurring theme in which emphasizes the passions and desires every individual may have... There are both dark and bright sides of being human as overcontrolling passions may lead to madness, distress, and use of violence. Victor 's overpowering passion for knowledge led to him doing the extreme by playing God and bringing a creature to life in a world where it would never be accepted as society tends to only accept humans that are visually appealing- as for society what it means to be human depends mainly on the outer appearance. The monster wanted nothing more but compassion and human contact, something babies desire for the most, but since
D’you know that? I thought I was making something better than human! Something so precious and beautiful that everyone would love it.” This shows that Frankenstein had good intentions when making the Monster but did not conduct his experiment properly and should be responsible for his experiments which caused the Monster to be isolated and become evil.
That all the deeds done by the monster in the novel is totally the fight towards beauty and ugliness. This throws light upon the idea it is not always simple to know about goodness and evilness with regard to outer beauty but it’s the beauty of the soul as the victor was projected as a good and loving human being and the monster evil but we can realize throughout the novel that this might be up turned for both victor and the monster Mary Shelley depicted the phenomena of beauty vs. ugliness of the soul very prominently in the novel Frankenstein .
Frankenstein breaks down, returning to his vulnerable state. He looks for Victor and finds him taking shelter in a boat. Since Frankenstein wants to kill Victor, he jumps in the boat. Victor attempts to persuade Frankenstein not to kill him. Frankenstein loathes him and but says, “I can not live in your world.
Frankenstein’s Failure Summary In the article “Frankenstein’s Failure” by Daniel Kokotz, he claims that Victor Frankenstein was so wrapped up with the ambition to be the first to discover the secrets to life, that he failed to realize or think about the negative effects that come with creating a human being. In the article, Kokotz gives an expose of the novel “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus”. Kokotz had an interesting view of Frankenstein's motives, he implies that in the story Frankenstein had completely innocent goals, but they end up haunting him. In fact, his dreams were even generous in nature, as he hoped to better humanity by eliminating death and disease.
On page 55 he says, “A new species would bless me as its creator and source.” Even though this bold goal would make him a romantic hero the desire to be praised and how he wants the creatures to view him is what goes against the traditional hero. Shelley did this because there was no real definition of a Romantic hero. Also, some of Victor’s traits and characteristics could connect him to being like Satan. Influence of that could have been drawn from Dante who focused a lot on Satan.
The epigraph in its original context details Adam’s complaint of injustice against his creator for having been created at all: ‘Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay / To mould me man? Did I solicit thee / From darkness to promote me?’ (PL, X.743-5). The comparison that Shelley thus suggests, between God and Adam in Paradise Lost and Victor and the monster in Frankenstein, is then rather striking, because it compares Milton’s God with the conduct of a man who usurps and abuses godlike powers.