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. The search for knowledge is arduous, to utilize knowledge wisely can be blessings, but
Limits on Knowledge Mary Shelley 's novel Frankenstein shows there are certain limits to what mankind is allowed to know. In many points in the novel Victor Frankenstein shows that the creation of a new life never ends well. Because of the work of victor it leads to many casualties and hurts the world around them. This helps exemplify the theme of gothic literature and the points of Horror and violence, as well as supernatural and mystery, along with sublime nature and man as his own worst enemy. Two common points are horror and violence and how Victor has learned to much knowledge on the creation of life.
In Frankenstein, Victor asks Walton for a favor as he lies on his deathbed saying, “I asked you to undertake my unfinished work; and I renew this request now, when I am only induced by reason and virtue” (157). Shelley repeatedly uses the root word “un” in the words “undertake” and “unfinished”, as the root of both words means not, directly contradicting Victor’s claim that he is “only induced by reason and virtue”. Just as Satan is notorious for being deceptive, Victor also uses deception to his advantage in an attempt to convince Walton to carry out his revenge against the Creature after he dies. Victor’s trickery is very similar to Satan’s plan to tempt Adam and Eve into pursuing knowledge. He sneaks into the Garden of Eden disguised as a snake, a creature with a reputation for being notorious trickster who uses deceptive language to play tricks on humans.
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. Shelley uses the novel to explore human nature, Frankenstein wants the readers to see the creature as a monster however they don’t.
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.
When people only think of themselves, others often innocently suffer for those actions. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Justine is used as a foil for Victor to highlight his flaw of selfishness, and how their relationship foreshadows the devastating deaths of Victors loved ones
Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein retroactively follows a young scientist who succeeds in creating life only to abandoned his creature, consequently begetting misery on all parties involved. Throughout the novel, the question arises if the monstrosity that surfaces in Frankenstein’s creature is a product of his natural condition or environmental factors. The debate between nature vs. nurture centers on the argument on whether it is nature, one’s natural predisposition, which generates attributes and personality, or nurture, the experiences of a person. In this essay I endeavor to establish that the argument of nature vs. nurture is both proven and disproven as the Creature’s inherent nature is overcome and embittered by the cruelties he suffers whereas Frankenstein’s picturesque upbringing does not prevent his flawed nature to generate suffering in the hopes of understanding what makes a monster and what makes a man. From even before the creature’s animation, it would appear that his nature would have him destined for solitude, if not tragedy.
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others.” Although Saint Augustine announces this statement of insight long before Mary Shelley’s writing of Frankenstein, he aptly illustrates a key motif within the novel. The storyline begins with Victor Frankenstein creating a hideous monster for the sake of self-achievement, and eventually spirals into a journey of vengeance and murders which the creature commits. Surprisingly, the fiend is inherently kindhearted until the base behavior of society torments his character. Within the Frankenstein piece, Shelley displays that while some crumble under the societal pressures for a positive reputation, others have the courage to break through these hateful expectations that culture induces.
Two major themes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are the suppression of feminine nature and the questioning of the romanticized quest for knowledge. These themes meet when Victor finishes his story and tells the sailors, “Oh! Be men or be more than men.” (Shelley 215), thereby encouraging the self-sacrifice of Walton for knowledge. But this was not his original purpose; before his tale, Victor rebukes Walton’s quest, “Unhappy man! Do you share my madness?” (Shelley 28).
However, in taking revenge, the creature ensures that he will never be accepted by society. Furthermore, revenge does not only consume the creature, it consumes Victor as well. While the creature is not considered a “monster” at first, the desire for revenge transforms him and Victor into true monsters who have no aspirations beyond destroying each other (“Frankenstein Themes: Revenge”). As stated previously, Victor ultimately finds himself dead because of his unavoidable loathing of the creature. Additionally, at the end of the novel, the creature implies that the flame motivated him to create havoc, but now that Victor is dead, he is slowly dying.
Shelley makes her readers question what it means to be a human being, what it means to be a monster and makes her readers think deeply about the ethics of our own technological advances and how we cannot run away from the problems we create, what we created and our responsibilities toward the created. At one point, even Frankenstein realized “what the duties of a creator towards his creature were” (70). For me Shelley makes me question the implications of viewing technology as “the other,” especially in a time when the military uses drones and are creating autonomous weapons. For me Shelley’s novel is a cautionary tale that extends well into the 21st