Isolation In Victor Frankenstein

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During the 19th century, the use of Dark Romantic writing became a prominent style in Europe. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, illustrates a horrific story of a scientist’s journey to creating life from the dead. The pursuit for knowledge causes certain characters’, such as Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton, to explore the depths of the unknown,without paying attention to the consequences that lie ahead. Because of the constant desire to obtain recognition for one’s work, it causes Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton to become isolated from the real world, and ultimately make themselves and the people around them suffer. Being raised in the mountains of Geneva, Victor Frankenstein’s upbringing depicts the early learning of knowledge.…show more content…
His involvement in the Arctic expedition introduces him to Frankenstein in the end. Walton entirely isolates himself from his family, including his sister, Margaret, whom he constantly expresses his thoughts of his expedition in his letters to her. His ambitions are high and, at the time, ridiculous, because Walton’s destination is unknown. Being in the middle of the Arctic ocean, Walton’s ambition is constantly implanted in his mind of thought; he expresses, “There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand. I am practically industrious..but besides this there is a love for the marvellous...which hurries me out of the common pathways of men, even to the wild sea and united regions I 'm about to explore” (Shelley 7). Walton does not want to end his journey, despite the severe life-threatening consequences. Like Frankenstein, Captain Walton shares the common thirst for knowledge and recognition. In his earlier childhood, Uncle Thomas’ library gave Walton the stepping stone of pursuing and learning about the life of an adventurer. His ambition to learn about the life of an adventurer and the recognition that can be achieved ultimately causes Walton to endanger his life and others in the Arctic Expedition. In addition, Robert Walton’s close connection with his sailors and captain can serve as great catalyst on the dangers of exploring the unknown. According to John Locke’s theory on Identity formation, “the perception of the operation of our own mind within us, as it is employed about the ideas it has...comes to reflect on and consider its own operations within itself ” (ch.1). When the captain gives Walton a greater ranking in the journey, it causes him to further believe that the possibility of becoming the first man to guide his sailors to their destination to be a success; he expresses, “I must own I felt a little proud when my
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