Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein follows the story of a man, Victor Frankenstein, who created a monster. Along Victor’s journey, he meets Captain Walton who cares for him, and in return Frankenstein warns him about the dangers of knowledge. Frankenstein’s quest for knowledge reveals that knowledge can be beneficial yet dangerous. The only benefit of knowledge is to no longer desire answers. Victor is warning Captain Walton against probing too deep into knowledge, for he himself was endangered by it.
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.
When one thinks of Frankenstein, they think of a terrible monster destroying buildings and murdering people, but the monster is not named Frankenstein. The creator is Victor Frankenstein and the monster does not have a name. The book is called Frankenstein and it is written by Mary Shelley. In the book, Victor Frankenstein is studying and has a passion for science. One day on a stormy night, Victor ambition grew and made the dead come back to life.
By continually pushing the limits of human achievement while neglecting his friends and family, Frankenstein exchanges love and empathy for knowledge and power. He pays dearly for it. Thankfully, Frankenstein is fictional character. His arc is an allegory, compared and contrasted with other characters
The choice of making or not making the second monster plays heavily on Frankenstein’s mind, and that could be a possible reason of his brief insanity. Even though Victor began his work supposedly for the good of man, his experiment did end hurting himself and his
This is the warning given by Victor to Walton before telling his new friend the story where he suppressed search for the knowledge has taken him . While we and Walton are listening to his story , we found a familiarity between the two men . Both of them are from a family that encourage them and are both captivated by natural philosophy . We and Walton could feel the “delight and rapture” as Victor discovers the key thing to revive a life . We are suffering by the scary details when Victor is creating the monster and we are wondrous when the monster came to life .
A Key Passage Analysis: The Ascent is Precipitous… This passage taken from Mary Shelley’s horror novel, Frankenstein, on page 66-67 describes the atmosphere and ponderings of Victor Frankenstein as he solitarily ascends to the summit of Montanvert. After feeling grievance and despair as he blames himself for the death of both his brother, William and his servant, Justine, Victor attempts to find solace in the majesty of nature to repair his emotional state. However, his descriptions of the environment are somewhat grim and bleak, contrasting the pleasant and peaceful mood that being in the natural world typically evokes. This scene causes him to question man’s desire for superiority against nature as it reflects upon himself. In this passage,
Unlike the creature, Walton does find the “admirable being” (157) in Victor Frankenstein. He learns about the dangers of ambition, which ultimately induced loneliness in Frankenstein and him. When his perfect companion dies, a sense of pathos is developed for Walton because the friend he has always wanted is no more. But, Frankenstein serves as a warning to Walton about the dangers of ambition and isolation. Walton’s loneliness was caused by his ambition, and by seeing the consequences of that path, he decides that risking his life is not worth the rewards.
Many people would say that moving forward in scientific discoveries is an essential part in helping to advance society. Newly found scientific discoveries are usually applauded by society, especially if the discovery explains something that was once misunderstood about life. However in Frankenstein, Shelley uncovers the possible negative side of discovering more than one bargained for in one’s experiments. Frankenstein, a young and eager-to-learn scientist, decides to experiment with creating life because he thought that no harm could come from creating more life. The twist in the plot came when Frankenstein’s creation turned into an uncontrollable monster that used its gift of life to destroy the gifts of others.
In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, she shows us through Victor that our trust in technology will ultimately destroy our morality. In the early chapters we see that Victor is already teetering between being a romantic and a scientist. His thirst for knowledge finally overtakes him as he’s off to university. “[Victor] delighted which [he] desired to…learn the hidden laws of nature” (Shelley 22). What Mary Shelley shows through Victor’s statement is that in her time period, men were moving away from the romantic side of life into the unknown.