In the fiction novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the Creature that Victor Frankenstein created was originally good at heart. When he was first brought to life he had good intentions and just wanted to be loved. Although, the Creation sought acceptance from humans, he soon realized he looked monstrous and no one would ever care for him. Many humans look at him disapprovingly, and, they judged him without knowing his kind heart. The judgmental humans are what lead to the Creature 's downfall.
Frankenstein essay Joel Edgerton said “Where does guilt and punishment lie, and we are not more expressive over remorse or guilt when other people see the badness in us?” In Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” guilt and remorse play a crucial role. On an occasion it can even affect fate. Victor’s fate to be precise. Guilt and remorse add a base plot line of the story, along with thrusting the plot forward.
Victor Frankenstein is selfish. The novel portrays Victor as a selfish character who is only concerned about his own well-being. Frankenstein wanted to manipulate the power of life. He abandons his creation because of the creature’s appearance and also withholds information or lies about his creation. Due to Victor 's selfishness, readers feel sorry for his creation.
Another prime example generosity causing good is Elizabeth Lavenza, the orphan child taken in by the Frankenstein family As Victor is telling his story to Robert, he talks about how the family adopted Elizabeth, saying “She found a peasant and his wife, hardworking, bent down by care and labour, distributing a scanty meal to five hungry babes. Among these was one which attracted my mother far above the rest… They consulted the village priest and the result was that Elizabeth Lavensa became the inmate of my parents’ house – my more than sister – the beautiful and adored companion of all my occupations and my pleasures” (20-21). He then later talks about how she was a light to the family, and after Caroline’s death, keeping the family together.
There are many different types of sacrifice. The most common sacrifice is when people put themselves in danger to help their loved ones or people in need. Later in the book Josh explains to Peak that he feels like he owes a huge debt to Zopa and Sun-jo. “Two years ago Sun-jo’s father saved my life. ”(183)
Now that was one example of sacrifice and it wasn’t too extreme. In the books Poisonwood Bible and Things Fall Apart, just like us, the characters in the books are forced to sacrifice things in life to achieve their goals. When they do make these sacrifices they are revealing to us what they believe in and what they value in this life. Sacrifice can be defined by Merriam – Webster as the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone. In the book Poisonwood Bible we are introduced to a character by the name of Nathan Price.
In this, Victor brought up things that no mortal should know about, such as: cloning, stem cell research, and IVFs. Examples of these were shown when the author states, “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn… my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical… the physical secrets of the world” (43). Victor is knowingly tampering with knowledge that is essentially too great for man. He is also essentially trying to be like God, which is the original sin, and as a result, he is put in eternal despair.
Sacrificing. Suffering. Despising. The novel Frankenstein by Marie Shelly tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque creature in an experiment trying to invent life of his own. Victor regrets his action so turns the creature lose to the world and closes himself in his abysm of thoughts. The creature toughly discovers the world on his own and declares war on humanity. Frankenstein’s act as God conducts his life and his creation’s into a series of terrific events. As the novel progresses, Victor and his monster vie for the role or protagonist. At simple site, readers think the monster and Victor are two completely different people, but in fact they share the same desires. The creature ironically becomes Victor’s doppelganger by both wanting affection, their miseries and hate for each other.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein brings his creation to life and has to endure the repercussions of his actions. While Victor is in fact human, the question of whether the creature or Victor is more human still stands. Humanity is demonstrated as compassionate in the book and monstrosity is the opposite. The creature is more human because of his developed personality and desire to be human. Victor, although born into a humane family, evolved into everything bad about humanity; he developed obsession, resentment, and manipulated life to conform to his idealities. Therefore, Victor is the real monster.
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? But these are not thoughts befitting me; I will endeavour to resign myself cheerfully to death, and will indulge a hope of meeting you in another world”(24).
Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the reader finds many examples of the importance, need, and especially lack of responsibility with characters like Victor and the monster. A reader of Frankenstein sees multifarious examples of Shelley’s theme of the dangers in not taking responsibility even today in the real world. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Shelley’s portrayal of Victor as selfish suggests that not taking responsibility can lead to pain, death, and the suffering of others as we see in the novel which relates to today's society of powerful countries not taking responsibility for the weapons that they create, and the damage that is revealed as a result.
Victor begins to use his knowledge of anatomy and natural decay to find a way to restore life upon the Creature: “To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death. I became acquainted with the science of anatomy[...] I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body” (30). Victor uses his knowledge to research and develop a way to reanimate the Creature, using his knowledge for the wrong reasons, which is to gain the God-like power of life and death. This unnatural use of knowledge creates many consequences, the main one being isolation from society and righteousness, which throws him into a dark depression and sways him off the path of good.
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. The readers see in chapter 4, how Victor only worries about himself and forgets about his family and friends. Henry has to mention to Victor how his family is not pleased from the fact that Victor has not written them all along. Henry says on page 44 “ I will not mention it, if it agitates you; but your father and cousin would be very happy if they received a letter from you in your own handwriting. They hardly know
When sacrifices are made, a goal is accomplished by the person sacrificing the object and a life is affected by the sacrifice made which could be seen in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, The Veldt by Ray Bradbury, and Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor. In The Lottery, a community of people stand with their traditions even though it harms their society. In The Veldt, the children sacrifice someone they should love and replace it by a room they love more. In Good Country People, Hulga, a mid age, deformed, and independent, woman sacrifices something she needs for a person she thinks she knows.
(30). Victor becomes enamored with science and ideas that come with the subject. Victor wants to unlock all of the knowledge that science brings for the sake of his own enrichment. This leads Victor to become obsessed with the idea of creating life and soon finds a way to do so. “ It was with these feelings that I began the creation of a human being.”(33).