The scientist Victor Frankenstein calls his creation a “wretch” and assumes that it is evil solely based on it's appearance. Shelley chose to write her novel to criticize and comment on human nature’s form of judgment. In order to accomplish her writing purpose she shares Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation's existence through imagery and foreshadowing. Shelley shared Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation
“It’s alive! It’s alive!” When people think of Frankenstein, they usually jump immediately to the scene of creation and think of two things: 1) a big green monster with bolts screwed into his head and 2) Dr. Frankenstein’s exaltation and genuine excitement over creating his perfect masterpiece. However, in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the “infamous” scene of creation appears in only one paragraph and Frankenstein feels something more akin to anguish rather than joy. In this way, Mary Shelley exemplifies how creation is actually an act of suffering. In “Creation and the other,” David Attridge utilizes the term idioculture to describe the “embodiment in a single individual of widespread cultural norms and modes of behavior” (Attridge 21).
Unfortunately, the creature soon learns to be scared humans, who, frightened by his look, drive him away with stones and never really give him a chance to learn of his true identity. The real villain in Shelley’s story is neither Dr Frankenstein nor his creation – it's the hateful villagers. Only when experiencing their abuse will Frankenstein become a monster, acting out of revenge on those who refused to relinquish him an opportunity. This is the important myth, the original myth, and it suggests a radically different ethical and social order than the more popular belief of the Frankenstein myth. Overall, archetypes can be found woven throughout the novel Frankenstein in the form of ecumenical symbols and commons themes.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein follows the story of a scientist and his experiment gone wrong. Victor Frankenstein, the scientist, abandons his creature at the first sight of it coming to life. The monster, left alone and afraid, transforms from a warm, loving character to one that seeks revenge as the toils of nature and reality begin to take control. Their title changes of “master” and “subordinate” are often referenced in Frankenstein, and plays off the feelings of vengeance they have for each other. Shelley has built the novel around this relationship in a way that captures not only the audience’s attention but also the character’s feelings of regret and hatred as the consequences of exceeding these moral boundaries come to haunt them in the decisions they make and influence the people around them.
The feelings of trepidation and agitation the Victor is encountering are explained in his dreams.Subsequently, Mary Shelley 's "Frankenstein" is an appalling novel in which the fault of one individual prompts to the deaths of his loved ones. As a result, when a scientist chooses to meddle in the plans of nature and nature spoke to by the monster seriously hurt him for that. Nobody but God should assume
In the book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, complex forms of imagery, tone-developing diction, and a variety of well-organized and composed themes are utilized to further envelop her story and engage readers. These writing techniques are very prominent in the section beginning on page 43, at the start of chapter 5, and ending on page 44, with “so miserably given life.” The imagery used in this section ultimately creates a very clear image of the monster to the readers. “I saw the dull...and straight black lips” (page 43.) The description of the monster is largely painted through this use of intense and comprehensive adjectives that aptly portray an uneasing creature. Under Frankenstein’s interpretation of the monster, the reader can actively imagine and adopt the feelings that he has towards the monster.
For instance, after Frankenstein abandons the creature, the creature locates Frankenstein and decides to confront him, “He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me” (Shelley 46). Shelley emphasizes the inhumane appearance of the creature and the creature’s eyes’ which contrast to the clear and thoughtfulness of human eyes. The defined fear Frankenstein has towards his creation results not from his incomprehension of the gentleness of the creature’s nature but the ferocity accompanying his aura. Also, Frankenstein attempts to understand his creation and decides to consider the creature as a scholar: “…knowledge might enable me to overlook the deformity of my figure; for with this also the contrast perpetually presented to my eyes had made me acquainted” (Shelley 88). The creature himself understands people cannot see his peaceful intentions that are encapsulated in his terrifying, inalterable body.
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.
This is important to the novel because the reader can see Frankenstein feeling the same emotions the creature has been feeling, lonely. The setting and the connection between the setting and Frankenstein show this lonely and desolate feeling. Once again in Mary Shelley's novel a character has changed, in this case Frankenstein is changing from a scientist to a lonely coward, running away from his fears. In the novel is there a good guy and a bad guy? The characters change so drastically can either character be called the hero or
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.