People are abusing nature for our benefit. The people of Earth can be symbiotic with nature, if technology is used in the right way. Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelly, is about the life of Victor Frankenstein and the creation of the monster. In Mary Shelly’s point of view, she exaggerates how technology is abused throughout the book. The exaggeration can be seen in the book, especially the scene where Victor creates the monster.
Besides, Victor Frankenstein and the monster that he created, are the two main characters that dominate the work. Their struggle fight is with each other and not with God or supernatural elements. They use ordinary the weapons found in earth and not tools from heaven. Besides, we may state that Victor is a sort of representation of mankind because (perhaps Shelley through him)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is like a cautionary tale against the powerful grasp that technology has over modern society as it continues to rapidly evolve. Throughout the book the monster has evolved from a confused being to a creature that is able to observe and adapt with its surroundings. Frankenstein’s monster says to Victor Frankenstein, “You are my creator, but I am your master”. Originally, Frankenstein created this monster to have control over it.
Comparing society in Beowulf and society in Frankenstein is like comparing a simple farm to the processing plant; futuristic and totally dissimilar. Although, the core ‘monsters’ are unchanged; grotesque, horrifyingly pagan-esque beings of the dark that strike terror in to the hearts of even the stoutest of fighters and the sanest of men. In the Christian and Medieval world, monsters were human beings with an unnatural birth or a birth deformity (Stitt, 2003). The term ‘monster’ derives from the Latin term ‘monere’ which means ‘To warn’ or ‘to advise’ and ‘monstrum’ which is ‘a sign or portent that disrupts the natural order as evidence of divine displeasure’. The aspect of ‘Divine Displeasure’ is attributed almost perfectly to Grendel, the monster of Beowulf and the terror of Hrothgar.
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is a book that explores many different concepts and themes. Fear of the Unknown is one of the major themes in the book. It as a novel about a scientist who discovered the secret of life and in turn created a monster. Despite his appearance The Monster is actually a sensitive, emotional, almost human individual. As The Monster ventures out into civilization he is attacked, hated, and shunned by most of the people that face him.
After successfully creating the monster, Frankenstein is perplexed by what he has created. Due to the monster’s annoyance with Frankenstein, he acts back against Frankenstein mostly due to his lack of parenting and responsibility. Shelley’s novel strongly connects with the act of parenting. It is clear that Victor Frankenstein did not complete his role as a parent. Due to this, it further led the monster to misbehave and feel as if he does not have a purpose in life.
In Mary Shelley's “Frankenstein” the creation of Victor Frankenstein stays on the fringe of what it means to be a monster. He is an enigma, and we are unable to comprehend him. He fits all the components of what it means to be a monster, as laid out in “Monster Culture” by Jeffrey Cohen, while simultaneously breaking them. The being takes these boundaries and weaves throughout them, unable to be fully put into a particular schema. While parts of him can be put into these mental filing cabinets, no preconceived notion of what it is to be a monster fits Victor Frankenstein's creation.
Society is well-known for pushing those who are outsiders or strange away from society. This is prevalent to the examples in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. The monster who was created by Victor Frankenstein who wanted to be the first to create life was appalled by the sights of the his creation. Frankenstein’s monster is judged based on his appearances and is often ostracized by society, just as anyone in modern day society can be shunned or pushed away due to their looks or how they think. The most outstanding example of ostracism that occurred throughout the novel is based on the monster’s physical features and structure.
The novel “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley tells the story of a man named Victor Frankenstein, who decides to go against the laws of nature by bringing to life a being constructed with decaying body parts. Victor believes in natural philosophy and science, which leads him to the idea of creating this Creature. Although this novel can be interpreted in many ways, I believe that Mary Shelley is shining a light on the harmful and dangerous impacts that prejudice and assumptions can have on people who are considered different. Shelley may be suggesting that humanity is the true 'monster ' due to its socialized ideologies that make ambition, self-greed and rage fulfilling. Even to this day society is known to shun those who we do not see as equals.
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 the novel “Frankenstein”, Mary Shelley displays a variety of themes throughout the novel. The author utilizes various themes that were controversial during the time of the release of Frankenstein. The reader can find themes like the quest for knowledge or even a prejudice theme. The quest for knowledge was one of the most controversial themes because of the use of science being utilized for evil frightened people at the time. Although, these themes were very controversial, the predominant theme Mary Shelley exhibits in the novel is family, society, and isolation.
When one hears of atrocious deeds, there is a common gut reaction to uncover the background of the person who committed the crime. There is a psychological inclination to discover what exactly happened in a person's life to drive them to evil acts. People with more unfavorable upbringings tend to be regarded less severely for their wrongdoings. The novel, Frankenstein tackles this notion beautifully with the infamous character of Frankenstein's creature. The creature's life allows the reader to empathize with him as he suffers from the betrayal of his own creator, other human beings, lack of moral understanding, and utter hopelessness when he finally exacts his revenge.
The google definition of a monster is as follows; an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening, an inhumanly cruel or wicked person. How do I define monster? I define a monster as someone who has no feeling, someone (or something), who doesn't care about anything except survival. Someone who couldn’t give less of a shit (excuse my language) about anyone or anything other than themselves. The issue I will work on addressing in this essay is Dr. Frankenstein's monster.
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.