In volume 1 of Frankenstein, Victor's selfishness unleashes the “monster” in Victor and leads to Victor losing connections. Through the portrayal of the monster inside Victor, Shelley argues the universal theme of obligation. Shelley argues the universe of obligation, through showing us the ways of Victor only thinking of himself. In the circle of individuals and groups toward whom obligations are owed, one's self is always in the center. After oneself in the middle, family and friends come very close behind in the second circle.
In fact, nature is so frequent in Frankenstein, that it can be perceived as another character, helping several characters deal with stress, depression, pain, and the loss of family members. Throughout the entire book Victor is forced to deal with guilt and stress. He explains, “Often, after the rest of the family had retired for the night, I took the boat and passed many hours upon the water” (Shelley 95). This is a prime example of how Victor would deal with his emotions, through the use of nature. Right before Victor says this, he is talking to Alphonse about the death of William, which was completely Victor’s fault.
There is no denying that one’s adolescence is key in the formation of their identity. Youth brings new people, challenges, and developments, which all contribute to the adult one eventually becomes. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, demonstrates the tragic path one can take if led to do so in their adolescence. Three of the novel’s main characters, the creature, Frankenstein, and Elizabeth, all underwent formative events early in life. These events served as crossroads in their identity formation and unfortunately, all three took the path towards disaster.
In Frankenstein, the reader spots the danger when Victor destroys the female monster where the monster proclaims “Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have proved yourself unworthy of my condescension. Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; -- obey!”(Shelley 157). The reader sees the obvious tension between Victor and the monster due to both of their lacks of responsibility for each other and themselves and can relate it to the United States and their global affairs with countries like North Korea where the countries leaders have resulted to name calling like “rocketman” and “mad man”(Stevens). Throughout Frankenstein the reader saw Shelley’s theme of the dangers in not taking responsibility like pain, death, the suffering of others, and now the reader finds out how one of the dangers is the risk of composing deadly
The themes I discussed link with those most poignant throughout Mary Shelley 's ‘Frankenstein’; and include injustice, morality, fate, and judgment. Themes of injustice are prominent throughout, in more than one way. Legal injustice is explored after Justine is trialed for the murder of Henry, and overall “wretched mockery of justice”, is represented in my story with the ruling on the ethics board, which allowed the main character, who was guilty, to be free. Additionally, social injustice is evident when the monster is beaten by the villagers, which I mirrored in the speech of the ‘creation’ who had only been treated poorly his entire life and only created to “satisfy the selfish needs of man”. The setting of the ethics board encapsulated another common theme of judgment and morality; specifically relating to Frankenstein and his choices on creating the monster, but also in the way that the monster took revenge; leaving the reader to question whether it was right or wrong, much like a decision on an ethics board.
“But I, the true murderer, felt the never-dying worm alive in my bosom, which allowed of no hope or consolation.” (Shelley 2009, p.100). This metaphor expresses the guilt and despair that Victor felt as a result of the murder he committed. “The tortures of the accused did not equal mine…the fangs of remorse tore my bosom and would not forego their hold.” (Shelley 2009, p.96) This metaphor continues to symbolise that just like the fangs of a wild animal tear at their prey, so does the despair within Victor. The metaphors within Frankenstein influence the readers by letting them see the value of innocence. Metaphors give the story a greater visual comprehension allowing the readers to gain meaning within their responses.
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. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein uses the conflict between Victor and the creature, specifically their predatory relationship in their pursuit of revenge, to emphasize how revenge will consistently push or even exceed moral boundaries. The conflict between Victor and his creature is outlined in Frankenstein through the monster’s attempt to hurt Victor through the killing of William and Victor’s destruction of the creature’s future mate, representing how revenge often cultivates a normalization of immorality. Before William’s murder, the monster had been rejected by the DeLaceys and shot at for saving a young girl from drowning. As a result, the creature’s wish for revenge upon all
This brings us back to Frankenstein, Victor 's relationship with his parents friend, and Elizabeth translated by good words, Shelley uses quotes to emphasize the importance of human relationships (especially, family 's relationship) and how important they are to a person 's well-being “My children, my firmest hopes of future happiness were placed on the prospect of your union. This expectation will now be the consolation of your father. Elizabeth, my love, you must supply my place to my younger children. Alas! I regret that I am taken from you; and, happy and beloved as I have been, is it not hard to quit you all?
The author has a strong range of sources, quotes and ideas from others to back up her statements all of which strongly back up the theme of humanity within Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein A Sourcebook raises very interesting points to the question of humanity. Timothy Morton makes concessive and valid points within the academic book such as is origin essential? Where did we come from? Is kindness a human trait at all?
In the novel, Frankenstein, we are able to observe how a person’s character/personality is developed by the problems and experiences they have encountered. An individual’s mindset and other attributes are shaped by their experiences that have greatly their lives. Mary Shelley shows us in the novel, that people become who they are based upon the experiences they encounter throughout