Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the reader finds many examples of the importance, need, and especially lack of responsibility with characters like Victor and the monster. A reader of Frankenstein sees multifarious examples of Shelley’s theme of the dangers in not taking responsibility even today in the real world. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Shelley’s portrayal of Victor as selfish suggests that not taking responsibility can lead to pain, death, and the suffering of others as we see in the novel which relates to today's society of powerful countries not taking responsibility for the weapons that they create, and the damage that is revealed as a result. Characters in Frankenstein not taking responsibility show the reader the potential dangers of pain and death in numerous situations in the novel.
In her novel Mary Shelley explores the central ideas of rejection and abandonment, human nature, good and evil and revenge to support the conviction of Frankenstein’s responsibility in the novel and Frankenstein is a reflection of this. Shelley shows through positioning of characters within the stories that good and evil is not clear-cut and there are many moral grey areas. The readers are positioned to feel sympathy for the creature, especially since his yearnings for human contact could easily be their own. Which makes it all the more frightening when Victor and others treat him in such vile ways.
Based on the circumstances that they are developed in, humans are capable of both good and evil. Markus Zusak's The Book Thief explores the complexities of human nature through his use of setting, symbols and characters. Different characters possess different qualities based on their experiences. Symbols are used to illustrate both the beauty and the ugliness in humanity. Also, in the novel, the setting in which the character is raised has either a negative or positive effect on the characters actions.
Satire is a genre of literature, often used as a social commentary, and sometimes is in performing arts and graphic skits. Satire uses vices, follies, abuses, shortcomings and irony to ridicule bad habits in society. People often use satire to pick at a topic or bad problem to make you think and then take action. After reading satire, it should make you think about the given issue and give you a certain view on something, usually towards the author's view. Satire should leave an emotional effect on you over the topic, or issue, that makes you maybe want to change something to fix said issue.
Just as the Romantics believed in nature providing a source of happiness for human kind, they also believed that nature, or ‘un-nature’ could too, be a source of misery. Victor’s creation, the monster, is an example of such misery. The monster despite his appearance as an unnatural being must be considered natural throughout the text, as he is living. Although born from unnatural circumstances with a heightened sense of capabilities to that of man, the monster shakes the artificial stigma by copying human nature. Providing an intellectual, and emotional voice, that begs for empathy from the reader.
Shelley creates an overlying theme of knowledge and the dangers associated with it by using allusion and development of her characters Victor Frankenstein, Robert Walton, and the Creature. One of the biggest ways Shelley executes the theme of knowledge and its consequences is through allusion. Shelley alludes
The Ugly Truth About Beauty In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley excels at accurately portraying how social beauty standards, along with being alienated from society, affects one’s perception of oneself. For the most part, when people think of “Frankenstein,” they immediately think of “monster.” However, Frankenstein is the creator of the creature - a creature who in actuality is unfit to suit the label of “monster” and is not given a name. In the midst of the novel, the creature becomes aware of other people’s appearances, the beauty they possess, and how it is all so different from his own image. Attempting to comprehend the newly found information causes the creature to question his own appearance, and once he does so, the view he once had of himself is altered.
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
Within the first page of Frankenstein, Shelley instructs the reader in how to read her novel by having a rather ambiguous narrator until the end of the first letter. The ambiguous narrator aids in presenting a tone of curiosity that is prevalent throughout the rest of the novel, as well as Shelley sets up the use of weather as a tool to change the tone of the novel as well as the emotions of her characters. Shelley first uses an ambiguous narrator to give clues as to how to read Frankenstein. The only clue as to who the narrator might be on the first page is after the author of the letter tells the recipient, Mrs. Saville, about the landscape of where he is venturing, when he says “There—for with your leave, my sister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators” (7). By only addressing the narrator as the brother of Mrs. Saville, Shelley leaves who is telling the story at the beginning of the novel up to the reader’s imagination as it is unclear if the narrator is indeed Victor Frankenstein, or some other man.
There are many famous phrases out in the world, but the one that people tend to use the most is “An eye for an eye”. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, analyzes the role of punishment and forgiveness in society. This novel makes the people apply the lessons of writing to our own particular moral convictions with respect to the part of punishment and forgiveness in the justice system. Through the actions of Victor Frankenstein's creature, and their society, the novel explores the complexity of ethically and legally attaining justice and its circumstances. The monster does not say that he is justified in killing Victor’s loved ones, but his categorizing his murders as some type of getting Victor back in some way.
What truly, is deception? Perhaps it may be the ability to persuade others into committing certain actions. Perhaps, it may be the ability to keep the truth hidden. The truth itself, is a very controversial topic fueled by ideology and aspects of individuals, communities and societies. While the truth may be heartbreaking , unbelieveable or may even seem irrational, its exposure will always lead to a series of events in relevance to the past.
Religious Parallels in Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein’s pursuit of knowledge and personal glory drives him to create a new human being. He suffers from a god complex as he is completely unaware of the moral ramifications for creating life out of an inanimate body. Mary Shelley creates a dark parody between God and Adam, and Victor and his monster. In the creation of Adam we see God, the creator reach his hand out to Adam, his creation. We see a parallel of this in Shelley’s novel after Victor’s creature is complete.