Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” centers around the idea of whether knowledge which “clings to the mind, like lichen on the rock’ is necessarily a valuable entity. Shelley conveys her thoughts through the use of binary opposites and juxtaposition. Shelley’s focal point in questioning knowledge is through the use of various passages in the novel showing the contrast of passion and emotion when using knowledge compared to when using reason. It is this binary opposition that allows Shelley to warn against the misuse of knowledge shown by Frankenstein when he creates the Creature and the Creature when using sophism to persuade Frankenstein to create him a mate. Shelley does not only focus on people misusing knowledge and illustrates Walton’s decision to end his journey through
By making Frankenstein like his creation, it is more apparent he is lonely too, which further proves the point of needing a companion. This use of metaphor exaggerates how both characters need companionship to stay sane, or they will wallow alone with
The light Victor has seen quickly ends. In result of Victor’s creation, the light of science causes the monster depression and feelings of negativity. Pain of the monster stems from the light of science being researched too
Frankenstein is a prime example of Freud 's theory of the subconscious being divided into three parts. After analyzing Victor Frankenstein and his creation, it obvious that they both have an unbalanced subconscious. At the start of the novel, Frankenstein’s id was more prominent, and after he realized what he’d created, his superego took over with his sense of guilt. The creature on the other hand primarily follows his id, and doesn’t feel guilty of what he’s done. Despite their hatred for one another, Frankenstein and the monster are very much the same.
Mary Shelley uses Frankenstein's rationalizations to show how his ego seeks to protect itself. Shelley focuses on how Frankenstein's ego gives Frankenstein a warped sense of reality. This warped sense of reality is first seen when Frankenstein decides to go from having little scientific experience to creating life from nothing. His ego forces him to labor with rot and the dead to achieve a mythical status as first and lone creator of life, further blinding him to the horror of his creation. As the novel progresses, Shelley uses ego to once again rationalize Frankenstein's actions.
Frankenstein has a passion for science and finds himself going too far with science. By going too far with science he creates the Creature. Instead of being beautiful like Victor imagined, the Creature is abominable and grotesque. Victor is terrified by his creation and runs from the Creature. The Creature begins to hurt Victor is many ways.
My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create.” Frankenstein’s creature is responsible for many malicious crimes. The monster is using Victor as his own puppet. Making Victor feel guilty and using it to trick Victor into creating a mate for the monster. Victor realizes what he is doing is out of arrogance and stops the creation of the monster.
Freud 's splitting of the psyche put the monster-like id at the core of our persons. Freudian readings of Frankenstein see the monster as the outward expression of Victor 's id or his demoniacal passions. In other words, Victor and the monster are the same person. Hence, Victor must keep the monster secret. His hope to create a being "like myself" is fulfilled in the monster whose murders we must see as expressions of Victor 's own desires.
In Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s creature battles a perpetual misery as a result of a quality he has no control over – his appearance and its relation to evil. His malicious actions reflect “vices [that] are the child of a forced solitude that [he abhors]” (Shelley 121). There are multiple instances where Victor Frankenstein’s monster portrays an evil demon, not by his actions but because of his physical attributes. Shelley exploits this characterization as a representation of society’s natural instinct to link beauty with goodness Additionally, Shelley argues the nature of goodness is not bound to a superficial condition but rather on a basis of compassion and virtuous actions. In many occurrences, Victor Frankenstein’s creature never intends harm and solely seeks companionship and compassion in return.
Frankenstein, a work by Mary Shelley, is a story about how man creates life so he can carve a new era of society, but ultimately faces the repercussions from attempting to defy the laws of nature. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses the themes revenge, nature, and isolation from society to create meaning for her readers. For example, Revenge is a powerful force that will consume the minds of those it inhabits. The monster begins its life with a warm, open heart. However, after it is abandoned and mistreated first by Victor and then by the De Lacey family, the monster turns to revenge, it became blinded, and “...feelings of revenge and hatred filled [its] bosom… [and it] bent [its] mind towards injury and death” (Shelley 99).
Some would feel contrite for the monster, whose face not even a mother/mad scientist could love. It is through rejection and loneliness that the Creature develops his personality. Even though he may be a “Monster” in our eyes, one should examine how quickly the Creature