Although both Victor’s and the creation’s actions ultimately bring destruction, it is under society’s injustice that causes these violent and evil intentions, not the individual. Previous to his work, Frankenstein’s studies revolve around “attention was fixed upon every object the most insupportable to the delicacy of the human feelings. I saw how the fine form of man was degraded and wasted” (51). First in obsession with creating life, Frankenstein expresses love towards the supernatural in his passion for natural sciences. Working strenuous hours and putting himself in a weakening state of health, his dedication shows appreciation for his creation, showcasing the capability of love and good in mankind.
However, the Romantics saw a hero in Prometheus. A figure who does not give up, and helps mankind, even with the knowledge of having to face consequences. The relationship between the myth and Frankenstein however, is ambivalent. Certainly, just like the myth it can be read as a tale of caution, like Mary Shelley already said in her ‘waking dream’ Frankenstein’s creation would be horrifying because “supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.”
In Frankenstein, through strong diction, the simile of a demon, and characterization of Victor and the Monster, Shelley argues that the greatest influence on human behavior would be that a person 's environment is that completely takes a toll on their mental state. Authors such as Noreena Hertz and Roger Scruton also have similar analysis on this idea of human behavior. Through what Victor and the Monster have been through, towards the end, the monster felt he went through much more pain then Victor did because of how he didn’t care for him and expresses this through the strong diction Shelley portrays. As the Monster was speaking to Walton( friend of Victors) he exclaims “ Blasted as thou wert, my agony was still superior to thine” (Shelley 166), referring to Victor by this statement. Shelley 's use of the word “superior” shows how the Monster felt about what he feels and thinks is way worse then what Victor has felt.
However, Victors reckless and unthoughtful actions pushes the monster into a state of rage and hatred that overrides his ability to stop from exacting revenge on Victor. Victor initially creates the monster thinking that it will be an amazing creature, built from the best human body parts Victor could procure. After he views the outcome of his work he is repulsed by it and abandons it, hoping that it would cease to exist. Not only did the monster survive, but it learned to speak, write, and read. After reading the book Paradise Lost, the monster thinks of its own situation and states the following:
When stating how he feels for the monster, he said, “He showed unparalleled malignity and selfishness, in evil: he destroyed my friends; he devoted to destruction beings who possessed exquisite sensations, happiness, and wisdom; nor do I know where this thirst for vengeance may end. Miserable himself, that he may render no other wretched he ought to die.” In comparison, the creature describes his creator as superior. The monster specifically said, “I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men, to misery; I have pursued him even to that of irremediable ruin.” These quotes emphasize the stark difference between how they feel about one another.
Victor ambition is the cause of all this darkness coming into his life. Victor expresses feeling of hatred towards the creature as well as himself. He says, “ As time passed away I became more calm; misery had her dwelling in my heart, but I no longer talked in the same incoherent manner of my own crimes; sufficient for me was the consciousness of them...” Victor has come to accept the fact that vengeance has taken over him. He then continues “ By the utmost self-violence I curbed the imperious of wretchedness, which sometimes desired to declare itself to whole world, and my manners were calmer and more composed than they had ever been since my journey to the sea of ice” ( Shelley 193).
“At first I started back, unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification”(Shelley 80). The Creation of Frankenstein woke up in a world of hate. Since he looked different, the Monster never fit in with normal people. He would become isolated and feared because of his looks. Because the Monster was a hideous creation from Frankenstein, he was isolated and hated by his looks and behaved in an ethical manner when he began his path of vengeance.
Ambition is what drives one to achieve their goal; this can ultimately cause a result that is beneficial or disastrous. In Mary Shelly’s, Frankenstein, it is Victor’s stubborn mindset that drives him insane to the point where he eventually lands himself in his grave. It originally starts when Victor becomes ambitious to search for knowledge so that he could go against nature and create a manmade creature to attain fame. The fact that Victor did not think of the consequences leads him to suffer the aftermath.
All things considered, Frankenstein is a cautionary tale on the dangers of irresponsibility, Victor being matriarch. Victor exhibits his irresponsibility many times throughout the novel. His first instance of irresponsibility is shown after bring the creature to life, now only realizing: “…the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (59). As the result of his obsession with creating a stopped to death, he fails to realize the magnitude of what he is doing; creating a new life. However, he realizes the extent of his actions only when the creature is given life.
In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein (1818), Shelley shows her audience that while acquiring knowledge leads to survival for the Creature and power for Victor Frankenstein, the path to obtain this knowledge leads to the destruction of one’s self. Education and knowledge have major negative effects on both of the characters’ attitude, perception, and decisions. The life experiences of each character is dependent on the amount of knowledge that the character possesses. Knowledge gives Victor Frankenstein a superiority complex, and it changes the Creature’s perspective of the world and the people in it. The Creature, like a baby, is brought into the world with no prior knowledge of how society behaves.
From the point of birth, Man always pursues knowledge, this pursuit is always kept within certain boundaries. In her novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explains how the pursuit of forbidden knowledge can become dangerous through symbolism, allusion, and foreshadowing proving each effectively to the reader. Employing symbolism as her first technique, Shelley uses this in the way many other enlightenment authors do. The strongest use of symbolism is prevalent while Victor is contemplating suicide on the lake near Geneva. Feeling “tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever” (63)
Throughout history, humans draw towards different passions that leave them driven to discover more about it or to embrace it. Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, offers multiple examples of how one’s passion often leads them towards their demise. Through Robert Walton’s, the creature’s, and Victor Frankenstein’s point of view, the novel describes each main characters’ persistence to achieve their dream and where it takes them in their life at the end of the story. Within the novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein pursues his passion for natural philosophy and chemistry by focusing on breaking the barriers between life and death.
People are often very intuitive, they gets feelings that motivate them to make decisions regardless of if they are morally right or not. They are able to make the right decisions, maybe not for the betterment of themselves, but for the betterment of all humans in general. In the story “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley Victor Frankenstein is given a choice. He is given the choice to either create the monster he created a wife, or be tormented and undoubtedly have more of his family killed. Victor at first agrees, he is promised by the creature that they will travel to South America and be away from
In Mary Shelley’s 19th century novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is noble in his effort to help mankind. His scientific Prometheanism is initially meant as a good thing, but has serious negative consequences. Victor wants to bring life back to dead matter so humans, in theory, would not have to die. Similarly, in today’s world, scientists and doctors continually and nobly pursue advancement in the medical world to generate new treatments for sick patients. For example, the medical community today is pursuing embryonic stem cell research to discover cures for diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein opens with the letters from an explorer named Walton to his sister. He tells of his exploration of the arctic and his discovery of a man named Victor Frankenstein who tells him how he ended up there. Victor tells him about his family, his early life, and his friends Henry and Elizabeth. Years later when Victor is heading off to go the university in Ingolstadt, his mother dies of scarlet fever and on her death bed tells Victor to marry Elizabeth. However, Victor heads off to Ingolstadt, where he begins studies in the sciences of life and eventually animates a human body.