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.
Ever since we were kids we all had a dream. Some wanted to be an astronaut, others wanted to be a NBA player, model, etc. Somewhere along the road many give up their dreams and very few keep pursuing their childhood dreams with an obsession until they achieve it. Obsession in the dictionary of Merriam-Webster is defined as someone or something that a person thinks about constantly or frequently. Having and obsession can be good for people, an instrument to achieve what we want, but it can also become dangerous if there is no balance between wanting something badly and hurting others or yourself, for example getting sick.
Mary Shelley endured a lifetime of pain and suffering: she lost one of her children shortly after losing her step sister, Jane. While grieving her losses, she wrote her most famous work Frankenstein: her feelings of depression can be seen in themes throughout the novel. It also reflects the time period in which she wrote it. There was a shift in literature from tradition and logic to emotion and nature. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, uses nature to reveal and develop the creature's and creator’s actions and inner emotions.
In the novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ambition evolves into a form of obsession with revenge. But the result of vengeance is a curse to human life and its longevity. Both main characters in the novel, Victor and the monster become obsessed and let vengeance be their downfall. Victor was a very ambitious character who longed for knowledge and the presence of new life. He soon became obsessed with his creation and said,“I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.
At the beginning of the novel, Victor Frankenstein was just a young boy who wanted to acquire as much knowledge as he could about alchemy. Through college, his studies broadened and he obsessed over how the living became deceased. Victor decided that he wanted to make a dead corpse alive again using his knowledge of chemistry, anatomy, and alchemy. He spent two years piecing together corpses until he finally created the living dead. Consequently, he then realizes that maybe it was not such a good idea after he sees how hideous the creature was.
Picture this, you are going through life just normal the good, the bad, the ups, and the downs and then you create something new and it’s a secret. Then all of a sudden every part of your life starts to go wrong not just one little thing your whole life and everyone included in it. The things you were typically accustomed to, like something as simple as seeing your family, was taken away from you and from then on nothing would ever be the same. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley we are placed into Victor Frankenstein’s life, and we deal with the decisions he made when he created a monster that completely destroyed his life. After reading I began to think about how Victor’s illness effected the entire novel, not just his physical sickness but it also shows his mental sickness and this drove the entire novel.
Eyes are a lens of how we perceive and interpret the world around us. Eyes are beautiful, entrancing, and mesmerizing. However, eyes can also blind us to the harsh realities of society and they can deceive us in unthinkable ways. Throughout the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the symbol of eyes represents the blindness that characters face in regards to their relationship with Victor’s horrendous monster. Eyes represent curiosity which leads to a disastrous creation, innocence which leads to death, and finally the overall realization that creating life can lead to catastrophic results.
In the work Frankenstein, Mary Shelley describes how Victor Frankenstein creates life from a dead body and hates his creation. Society rejects and hates the Monster, triggering him to hate Victor and himself for being created. The Monster sets out on a quest for revenge and hatred towards Victor, trying to destroy both Victor’s life and the lives of everyone close to him. The Monster is controlled by anger, which causes pain in both Victor and the Monster’s life. The Monster’s quest for revenge shows the controlling aspects of anger.
In her work Frankenstein, Mary Shelley discusses and criticizes both scientific issues and moral attitudes of the time. Shelley uses Frankenstein as a platform for taking a side on issues, in part by speculating on what might happen if current boundaries were breached and norms challenged. Scientifically, Shelley takes on the good versus evil debate, giving views from both sides through her characters. Morally, Shelley examines the amount of responsibility one must take for their actions. In addition, Shelley examines the possibility and consequences of “playing God,” a moral and scientific issue.
When writing the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley used many of her own struggles and experiences to develop the gothic story. However her own encounters with motherhood and pregnancy, as well as the different overwhelming emotions that result from it are strongly represented in the story. Along with this she explores the similar situations that result from child birth or the lack of it, such as abortion, post pardon depression and the effects that these have on the offspring. She then emphasizes these concepts by changing the gender of the protagonist, creating elements of feminism in a different way.