Beginning with the theme of isolation. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is so consumed by his work and discoveries that he has not seen any of the people that he loves for a very long time. He realizes that summer is passing and he has still seen no one, apart from letters to and from his father he has not been in contact with others. His father is concerned by this and Victor senses how his father feels and explains that “...the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom I had not seen for so long a time” (Shelley 33). This isolation causes Victor to almost die from longing for the presence of other people. He realizes how this isolation makes him feel and describes it,
The location and setting where Frankenstein decided to conduct his scientific studies and ultimately create his monster shows how he isolated himself from the rest of the world. This obsession to be constantly alone is probably the reason why when Frankenstein successfully made his creation, he felt as if he was not alone anymore. This could be the major reason as to why he abandoned his creation so he could isolate any form of life including the one he created. This form of constantly wanting to be left alone is detrimental due to the fact that constantly neglecting family and society causes Victor to forget about the people who cared about him. After Victor fell ill and faced health issues after his creation, without the support from Clerval, he most likely would have died. Although everyone needs to be alone at times, it is not a healthy state to always be alone and it is necessary to have a companion or family to have contact with in times of difficulties and
In Frankenstein, a novel by Mary Shelley, the story begins with a man named Robert Walton adventuring off on a expedition to the North Pole. While on his journey, Walton and his crew finds a weary man, who is close to death, Victor Frankenstein. From that point forward the story goes on to talk about Victor's life. Victor had a kind and loving family, as well as an innocent childhood. He had a passion for science, and was especially interested in electricity. His fascination becomes an obsession, he separated himself from society and isolated himself in his studies. Victor planned to create life, and was able to accomplish his dreams. His creation was ready to be revealed, but instead of the beautiful creature he imagined, the final
Throughout the novel, Shelley uses personification of various forces and objects to reflect the effect in Victor’s actions. In chapter four, Frankenstein describes his toil in creating human life. “...the moon gazed on my
Emotional and physical isolation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are the most pertinent and prevailing themes throughout the novel. These themes are so important because everything the monster, Victor, and Robert Walton do or feel directly relates to their poignant seclusion. The effects of this terrible burden have progressively damaging results upon the three.
There are many themes displayed in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There are themes such as blind ambition, the dangers of playing God, prejudiceness, revenge, need for love, and many others. Isolation is a major theme that consistently reappears throughout the novel. The aloneness that is displayed in Frankenstein drives the characters to act irrationally. The book Psychology and Personal Growth explains that, solitude or loneliness often refers to our separation from other people. To be alone means to be by yourself and being separate from society. The book also states, “From birth to death, much of life is spent alone” (Arkoff 97). The demonstration of loneliness drives many of the characters to act irrationally has been proven in psychology, is seen after the creature and Victor are immediately abandoned, and after many of the characters have been abandoned for a long period of time.
Beginning with Victor abandoning the creature at birth, the series of revenge and hatred-filled events begin to occur as both attempt to find justice and retribution. The creature stole the lives of everyone beloved by Victor, and Victor stole the monster’s chance at happiness by abandoning him. As the characters continuously harm each other, their isolation increases as well as their sanity. In the end, numerous family members perish, Victor Frankenstein dies of physical exhaustion, and the creature conveys his desire to
In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses the characters of Victor and the monster in order to support the idea that humanity needs other people to define themselves in today’s world. Without having connections and relationships the idea of being able to define oneself, or even another person, is harder. Today’s society is based on the fact that humanity survives because of these important connections and relationships.
The fictional horror novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is driven by the accentuation of humanity’s flaws. Even at the very mention of her work an archetypal monster fills one’s imagination, coupled with visions of a crazed scientist to boot. Opening her novel with Robert Walton, the conduit of the story, he also serves as a character to parallel the protagonist’s in many ways. As the ‘protagonist’ of the story, Victor Frankenstein, takes on the mantle of the deluded scientist, his nameless creation becomes the embodiment of a truly abandoned child – one left to fend for itself against the harsh reality posed by society. On the other hand, Walton also serves as a foil to Victor – he is not compulsive enough to risk what would be almost
The moment Victor Frankenstein successfully infuses life into his creation he is overcome with horror and disgust. Without further examination he is certain to have created a monster, not a human being (Shelley 35-36). However, despite his grotesque appearance, Frankenstein’s creature was not born malicious. During the first stages of his existence, unbeknownst to Frankenstein himself, his acts are motivated by innocence and virtue, which even earns him the title “good spirit” (79). Frankenstein did not create a monster. An unsatisfied need for a sense of belonging transforms Frankenstein’s creature into the monster it ultimately becomes. Therefore, I argue that the predominant theme in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the need for social belonging
These driven characters thrive for the same goals, feed of similar pain, and feel the same loneliness, remorse, and isolation as one another. These similarities are so extreme that it is for no reason that most of the world recognizes the creature by the name of Frankenstein himself. Regardless of their considerably different looks, physical manifestation and lives, Victor and the monster have many similarities in the physiology, emotional and habitual domains. The monster and Victor represent the same and their differences complement each other. With the progress of the story, the creation manifests itself as an identification of the traits and qualities of his creator, Victor
Victor Frankenstein worked for two long years to create life from a lifeless form, which, before obtaining life, he believed to be beautiful. However, once he saw the monster's eyes open, he began to see the hideousness of the monster. After this, he fled his operating room and paced wildly in his bedroom, trying to think of what to do. “For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart”(Chapter 5 pg 42). In this excerpt, Victor Frankenstein explains how he had yearned for this moment for two years, but when his dream came true, he was filled with horror and disgust. When this happened, he eventually came to the conclusion that it would be better to abandon the monster all together. However, in doing so, he filled the monster with hate, which led to many deaths committed by the monster. Due to this, it is easy to trace the monster's actions back to Victor Frankenstein, classifying him as a
In literature, a doppelganger is a device used to shape a protagonist’s double. This double exhibits the ability to impersonate their original, but can also possess different morals and ethics that revolve around bringing a dilemma to the protagonist. The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky uses the idea of a doppelganger when the main character, Golyadkin, finds an exact double of himself upon travel. His double ultimately has a goal of destroying Golyadkin’s reputation because he has the social skills that Golyadkin doesn’t, which creates madness in both characters. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein reveals that Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist, and his monster each control different aspects that make up one human being. Frankenstein represents the
Isolation and abandonment can cause many different reactions from people. In the words of William A. Sadler Jr., a sociology professor, “We often do not know how to cope. It can make us confused, distraught, depressed, frightened, and even outraged” (Sadler 105). In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, several of these effects are presented in Victor Frankenstein and his creation. They both suffer from being isolated from their creator, society, and family units. They ways in which they are affected by this abandonment proves that isolation has grave effects on human interaction and social development.
Frankenstein is a book written by Mary Shelley about a man named Victor Frankenstein and his life and how it came to be. He had created a monster and brought it to life by studying and learning natural philosophy. Mary Shelley brought the emotions forward from the main characters by the amount of detail she put into the book. Most of the detail was brought in by the suffering that happens throughout the book caused by Frankenstein’s monster. The monster in this story is a tragic figure that is the main cause of suffering that occurs to everyone.