In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, it scrutinizes the punishments when a man creates life, and plays the role of God. Victor Frankenstein, is at fault for the creature’s actions. Victor was looking for some honor and triumph, but when he accomplished his experiment, not only did it bring terror to Victor, but to the whole world. The monster never learned right from wrong and was never raised correctly, his first moment of life, all he experienced was the fear in Victor's emotion, and was abandoned right from the start. Victor selfishly isolated himself from society and ran away from his responsibilities which caused destruction to the people Victor cared for and loved deeply.
Mary Shelley makes a statement through Frankenstein to call to attention that mankind is moving away from the natural healing forces of nature and stepping into the dark unknown of technology. She shows that if humans don’t have a sense of balance between the two, we could ultimately destroy our morals and nature
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.”
He was also human! Killing another human is never right. I do understand that george was trying to protect lennie but killing him is certainly not the right way to do it. Lennie may have problems with accidentally killing things but george didn't have to kill him for it. George promised to protect lennie and by killing him George broke that promise.
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:
The novel says, “I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were not of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants, and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery”(Shelley 97). The cottage that the Monster was near had a family living in it that were kind and polite. The Daemon is telling Frankenstein that after all that he’s been through, he could have killed them all out of anger; instead he didn’t want revenge, he just wanted to be loved. Later, when the daemon met the blind man and began speaking with him, Felix came into the room and pulled De Lacey away from the Monster.
The monster was looking for companionship in any form he could because he was lonely and had never known the feeling of love. When Victor yet again disappoints the monster by going back on his word to create a mate for him he denies him the right given to every man. The monster becomes outraged and vows to seek revenge. There is no one to blame in the demise of both Victor and the Monster but the creator himself. “From as far back as the 1930s, it has been recognized that discord between parents has a potentially debilitating effect on children’s psychological development (Gordon)”.
Because Victor turns a blind eye to the creation, he vows revenge against him and all the people Victor loves. Even though the man receives little guidance and support, he becomes a monster similar to Victor because of his choices to do evil: murder and take revenge. Critic Magill explains, “His revenge, although excessive, is motivated” (322). The creation could have the decency to move on with his life, but one factor prevents him. His appearance restrains him from having a normal life despite the capacity for love and affection he harbors in his heart.
In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, we see how revenge can lead to obsession. In Chapters 23 to the end, Victor is so obsessed with getting revenge on the monster for killing Elizabeth and everyone else. His obsession with revenge starts on his wedding night when the monster killed Elizabeth. He then states while talking to the magistrate: “That cannot be; but all that I can say will be little avail. My revenge is of no moment to you: yet, while I allow it to be a vice, I confess that is it the devouring and only passion of my soul.
When Victor eventually betrays him, the only person who would consider being nice to him, the monster finally snaps. Shelley was able to use her novel as a way to successfully point out what she saw as flaws or potential issues in the society of her time. She uses the scientific genre to provide a warning of things to come, and shows how feels common ideas about creation and morals are flawed with the monster’s interactions with humans around
It was wrong for the doctors not to tell Charlie the risks of the surgery because one of them was him dying. Charlie realized the horrible mistake he made, and would probably end up paying for it, even though it was the doctor’s fault. Charlie had no regrets for having the surgery done to him, because he achieved his goal of becoming smart. Before Charlie started to regress, he tried to correct what went wrong with the surgery because he was the only one in the institute who could. Charlie knew that he was happier when he was ignorant, because he could not see how cruel the world actually was.
This shows that the monster is close to being a human because if he had feelings then he wouldn’t have cared about having a friend, saving someone, or about anything that requires emotion. When it comes near the end of the novel the monster tells Victor that if he meets his demand to make him a companion he would leave humanity alone. The monster explains that everything including Lucifer had some form of company, but he is forced to be alone. Victor feels a conflict with creating this new being, he wants it done so that the monster will leave everyone alone, but he doesn’t want to doom humanity if he creates a new monster that may end up the same way as his first one and they decide to have kids. After creating it and completing the deal, he tears the new creation apart causing the monster to be forever alone.
In the book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, there is someone that fits many traits of a hero, even though he hasn’t done many good actions. This person is an almost perfect epitome of the classic definition of an epic hero. He fits many of the traits needed to be considered as a hero and acts arbitrary to what a hero is today. In the book, Victor is the obvious choice for the position. Even though he doesn’t have the attitude or personality of a hero, he has symbolic traits that decipher him from the creature.
Fighting a Mirror In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, self deception eclipses Victor Frankenstein and clouds his judgment. Victor’s passion in breaking the bounds of nature guides him in making the creation, but when Victor regrets giving life to the hideous creature, he deserts it. The abandonment is just the first step Victor takes to introduce the creation to malevolence followed with Victor’s assumptions of evil and lost responsibility in the results of his own zeal. Victor Frankenstein’s self deception not only forges evil into the creation, but also incriminates him for the consequences of Victor’s ambitions.
Society views those who are aesthetically pleasing in a positive way and those who are less pleasant to the eye are immediately judged in a negative way. In the novel Frankenstein, author Mary Shelley shares the comparison between Victor’s actions and how a man should not sacrifice his humanity in the pursuit of knowledge. Mary gives us many examples as to when Victor did not remain engaged in the real world and how that backfired. Victor’s creation slaughters his cousin, younger brother, and best friend. Victor’s actions become the characteristics of a monster to which he kills the monster’s potential mate and causes the death of the most important people to Victor.