“At first I started back, unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification”(Shelley 80). The Creation of Frankenstein woke up in a world of hate. Since he looked different, the Monster never fit in with normal people. He would become isolated and feared because of his looks. Because the Monster was a hideous creation from Frankenstein, he was isolated and hated by his looks and behaved in an ethical manner when he began his path of vengeance.
This quote makes it apparent that Victor regrets his decision to heavily pursue knowledge and create his monster, clearly showing that the path that he embarked on was one that resulted in severe suffering. In conclusion, it is clear that Victor Frankenstein’s intentions are pure, however he is unaware that his pursuit of knowledge directly leads to his personal suffering. Robert Walton, similar to many explorers during his time, is ambitious to discover land beyond the North Pole. However, to reach this goal, he has to walk the dangerous path of acquiring knowledge. Walton’s goal, which is to reach the North Pole, requires him to captain a ship which travels through thick and thin.
At times it can cause people to feel isolated, and distant from their friends and family around them. In the novel Frankenstein, Victor abandons the monster he has created. He created a creature that he thought would be beautiful, but unexpectedly it turned out the opposite, he had created a monster. Victor was terrified of the hideous creature and abandoned his creation, unknowingly leading to its destruction and distress. The novel is an example of how being different from society can cause people to feel ashamed of themselves.
Billionaire businessman Shiv Nadar once exclaimed, “If you are calm about your ambitions, you become confident of achieving what you set out to do”. Opposingly in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor is frantic about his goals and ambitions to create a massive super-human that will be forever indebted to it’s creator. Victor’s also unconfident and avoids telling anyone about his work, the creature, until after completion. Mary Shelley uses Victor to emphasize that one should possess less ambition, as when acted upon too prominently it degrades people’s physical and mental health. While working on the creature, Victor Frankenstein ignores his own physical health due to his overpowering ambition to keep working.
A major clue to the course of Frankenstein’s journey is revealed when he states that “..the first misfortune of my life occurred-an omen,as it were, of my future misery.” (18) This foreshadows the tragedies Victor will face for viewing life and death as insignificant. In the beginning chapters the reader is introduced to Victor and his great plans to create life.
Alas! I did not yet entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable deformity’” (Shelley 94). Once the monster finally saw what he really looked like in the reflection, he was frightened. He fully understood why people were scared of him, but never knew the effects of his deformities.
Those causing the mistreatments were acting in fear. In the novel, Victor Frankenstein allows this fear to spread across the town and terrorize people. His concern was not on what may happen if things did not go the way he planned them. He was selfish in his eagerness to achieve something that was not accessible to mankind. In the novel, Victor states, “ His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful.
Repetitive The monster embodies this worry as well, as even the monster’s family “ you, [Frankenstein,] my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.” While Frankenstein still has his family to fall upon for affection, the monster does not. This adds another layer to Frankenstein's fear: the worry that he will lose the affection guaranteed to him by his family and be left with nothing confusing. [Frankenstein rejects the monster and pretends it doesn’t exist, representing an inability to cope with his fear of loneliness.
Today’s world of science is considerably different than it has been in the past. In a world with 3D printing and humanoids coming to life, one would never have expected to be in a world where none of this was possible. In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the reader is introduced to a character that battles with his scientific successes and his morals as he comes to terms with what he’s done in both realms. Shelley utilizes Frankenstein to provide an almost uncanny resemblance to what goes on in the science realm today and her stances on both sides. Before diving into the scientific successes and morality issues that Frankenstein fought with, the difference between scientific standards of 1818, when Frankenstein was published, and today’s world should be touched.
In Frankenstein, complications arise after Victor Frankenstein conducts his cruel experiment. Victor’s experimental creation of “the monster” ultimately leads to the deaths of William and Justine because the monster was mad at his creator’s indifference (pg. 51). Victor Frankenstein reveals he should not have interfered with the process of life because it isn’t natural and essentially gives him the power of being the creator of life. As a result, Victor doesn’t know what the monster is capable of and creates conflicts that cause the monster to kill innocent people. Next, Victor Frankenstein decides how tall the monster is and what parts of different bodies he uses (pg 76).
In the book Frankenstein, Mary Shelley used distinctive techniques to draw the reader in and find themselves to be similar, as well as dissimilar, to characters in at least one way. Shelley knew how to tie some characters together, even if they seemed to be complete opposites. Victor contrasted with the monster he created is one of the most prominent examples of her work. Throughout the book, some similarities and differences between the Victor and the monster consist of their relations to nature, desire for family, the reactions of those around them, and as well as their reactions to difficult situations. Frankenstein is beautifully written and deserves all the recognition it receives.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has become the archetypal gothic novel. With its combining of gothic and romantic themes set the tone of the narrative. While DC Comics the Batman being known as one of the more darker and popular of their superhero line up. Sparking many movies and TV shows based on the adventures of the caped crusader; including the 2005 movie Batman Begins. This movie, retelling the origins of Batman shares many of the same themes with the novel of Frankenstein.
Mis-en-Scene Analysis: Frankenstein The creation scene of director James Whale’s film Frankenstein (1931) emphasizes the contrast between light and dark lighting combined with clashing sounds to leave the audience with a reminiscent chill. The classical story by Mary Shelley has been interpreted though film numerous times which has allowed directors to make subjective decisions with the portrayal of the story. The swift, back-and-forth camera angles that Whale utilizes aim to convey the ferocity of the nature-defying creation scene. The four components of mis-en-scene employ German Expressionism tactics throughout the course of in order Frankenstein to highlight the theme of classism that is prevalent throughout the film.