Throughout Frankenstein, Shelley uses Victor to warn the reader of the dangers of aspiring to godliness, and the consequences one faces in the aftermath doing so, even going as far as to compare Victor to Satan, tempting the crew of Walton’s ship, in the book’s final pages. The Victor Shelley creates is very similar to the Satan created by Milton in his book, Paradise Lost, which explores the biblical tale of Adam and Eve. In Frankenstein, Victor speaks of his desire to create the Creature, saying, “I deemed it criminal to throw away in useless grief those talents that might be useful to my fellow-creatures.” (152). Shelley’s diction choices, such as the word “useless” exemplify Victor’s excessive hubris, portraying him as a man who creates his Creature for, in his mind, the good of society.
The basis of the article includes the two opposing attitudes in the characters, Walton and Victor, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The differing beliefs are Free Will and Fate; Walton believing in free will and Victor in fate. John Reed’s article, “Will and Fate in Frankenstein”, argues the true theme of the novel, not just being of human will, but rather about self-enslavement. Reed believes that “while its ostensible subject is the pursuit of knowledge, its real concern is human ignorance and folly”, meaning that Frankenstein is full of oblivious human impulses. Through Walton, Victor, and the Monster Reed explains his thesis not through mere plot summary, but uses of allusions made, evidence, and character analysis producing his argument thoroughly.
Duality is shown in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, a gothic tale of a scientist whom looks to advance the life-giving qualities of mother nature. Through this novel, Shelley proves that good and evil in human nature is not always simple to define, and that everyone has both of these qualities within them. The duality of human nature is shown through the characters of Victor Frankenstein and his monster, who are both heroes in the novel while simultaneously displaying anti-hero qualities. Shelley forces the reader to sympathize with them both but also creates gruesome ideas of the two. Frankenstein’s creature places himself in a submissive position when he begs his creator to have mercy on him and asking the creator to “create a female for [him] with whom [he] can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for [his] being.”
nurture through the character development, reactions, and decisions of the protagonist, Victor Frankenstein. Based on Frankenstein's nature to learn and have rash and irrational decisions, it certainly caused him to act inhuman in certain circumstances of the story, naturally. Nonetheless, his family bond, which was nurtured into him, also caused him to make monstrous decisions and actions in other situations within the plot. Therefore, Mary Shelly claims, through Victor Frankenstein that both human nature, and the environments that one is put in, can mold them into inhuman monsters, whether this person is the product of the nurturing, or the perpetrator, and in this case, Frankenstein was
It was a fact that the individual had the monstrous experience and as the society insulted and discarded him at each point. Frankenstein is expected to implement the certain behavior that is considered monstrous as a result the society is absolutely to blame in determining his behavior. The approach of the society as he was discarded and treated as a monster, he later became one. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, society repeatedly regards Victor's creation as a monster, at every point. Frankenstein is a novel having a close correlation to Mary Shelley’s own life experiences which can be seen in the revelation of Walton and Victor who share characteristics with Mary Shelley’s husband Percy Shelley.
Such passion is seen in Victor’s ‘noble intent’ to design a being that could contribute to society, but he had overextended himself, falling under the spell of playing ‘God,’ further digging his grave as he is blinded by glory. His creation – aptly called monstrous being due to its stature, appearance, and strength – proved to be more of a pure and intellectually disposed ‘child’ that moves throughout the novel as a mere oddity, given the short end of the stick in relation to a lack of familial figures within his life, especially that of parents. Clearly, Victor Frankenstein had sealed his fate: by playing God he was losing his humanity, ultimately becoming the manifestation of Mary Shelley’s hidden desires, deteriorating into The Lucifer Principle by which the author Howard Bloom notes social groups, not individuals, as the primary “unit of selection” in human psychological
Knowledge can be Blessings and Curse A teenage girl Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein in the 18th century. A Gothic novel Frankenstein deals with two genres, Gothicism and science fiction. Victor, one of Mary Shelly’s characters represents man’s pursuit of knowledge which ultimately leads towards the path of destruction while another character Robert Walton implemented his knowledge wisely to get benefits for the society. Mary is indicating to the society that mankind has to pay full attention to science and scientific innovations in order to avoid the catastrophic events due to misuse of knowledge.
Rousseau’s perception of gender roles, mans inherently good nature, the study of sciences and amour-propre appear in Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein from her character portrayal. Shelley depicts the invention of a creature that defies scientific boundaries and whose presence shocks its creator. Since Victor refuses to understand what he created, he abandons the new found life out of utter confusion and shock. The creature lives and travels and eventually discovers other individuals that ultimately lead him to acquire a malicious nature. The creature assimilates with others corruption and Shelley utilizes this to show an individual 's power over one 's thoughts and views of themself.
Though the creature is a man-made creation, he still as a part of nature and requires nurture. When denied this basic need, death and sorrow soon follows. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, it can be argued that the creator, Victor Frankenstein, could be considered the “monster” rather than the creature itself. Victor’s creation was made in greed and obsession. Not only did Victor steal the body of a murderer, he stole the brain of his most influenced professor.
And who is it who in fact enjoyed his solitude and seclusion from society? That would be none other than Victor Frankenstein himself. The disturbing reality that Victor is part god and part wild beast for his cruel actions towards his creation displays the evil that comes from a man when he removes himself from society. The Monster partially experiences these effects as well from his unwelcome seclusion from society when he is also slowly pulled back and forth between good and evil. Mary Shelley made no mistake in making this clear through her writing, however.
Document 8 is sourced directly from Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. She discusses the conception of her novel and says, “… for supremely frightful would be the the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.” By creating “life”, a mockery is made of a higher being, which is an occurrence that did not happen often at this time. Although her novel is a satire of the Enlightenment, which romanticism was a response to, the surface of the novel tells of the creation of a monster. Shelley, in an attempt to inform as well as entertain, wrote Frankenstein, displaying the period’s amount of imagination.
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When one hears of atrocious deeds, there is a common gut reaction to uncover the background of the person who committed the crime. There is a psychological inclination to discover what exactly happened in a person's life to drive them to evil acts. People with more unfavorable upbringings tend to be regarded less severely for their wrongdoings. The novel, Frankenstein tackles this notion beautifully with the infamous character of Frankenstein's creature. The creature's life allows the reader to empathize with him as he suffers from the betrayal of his own creator, other human beings, lack of moral understanding, and utter hopelessness when he finally exacts his revenge.
Consumed by the potential achievement of one’s desires, an individual tends to be obsessed with the fulfillment, while disregarding every other valuable aspects of their life, such as family and self-prosperity. The overlooked journey, is only an obstacle in the way of obtaining the ultimate goal, usually centered around glory. In the novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein seizes his lifelong ambition of creating life from the nonliving. After the long awaited achievement, Frankenstein finds that the triumph does not live up to his glorified expectations of success. Thus, the time spent to attainment is misused, not being thoroughly enjoyed by Frankenstein.