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.
Imagine a man walking down the street suddenly getting robbed. The man who is pickpocketed will certainly detest such injustice and gain the sympathy of society. On the other hand, the thief will be looked down by society. People judge the thief based only on this incident and brand him as a disgraceful and spiteful member of the community. What the public has failed to realize are the internal strife and emotions that the perpetrator has to bear due to his crime.
Who is to blame for wrongdoing- the individual or society? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is an excellent instance in which this long-argued debate is examined and put into play. It is true that Victor’s monster committed numerous murders and other acts of depravity. However, the monster did not commit those acts out of a desire to be a harrowing killer, but stemmed rather from a desire for retribution for how his creator made him appear to society.
Although in Frankenstein the monster’s actions are horrific,we understand his justification for doing so. Even in his attempt to be good and integrate himself into society ,society rewards him with beatings; “... I arrived at a village. How miraculous did this appear! The huts, the near cottages, and stately houses engaged my admiration … I hardly placed my foot within the door.
Throughout Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, the creature produced by Victor Frankenstein is a blameless, innocent victim. For instance, before bringing the creature to life, Victor skillfully plans out his design according to his uncontrollable imagination and decides to produce a being ¨...eight feet in height and proportionally large¨ (32). Shelly giving specific dimensions about the size of the creature allows us to picture a monstrous being. But, the creature was simply a substantial experiment produced by a flawed, ambitious man with an arduous desire to be more than he could possibly handle. As the creature tries to understand his place in this human world humanity's perception of him solidifies, causing him to embrace his role as
Duality is shown in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, a gothic tale of a scientist whom looks to advance the life-giving qualities of mother nature. Through this novel, Shelley proves that good and evil in human nature is not always simple to define, and that everyone has both of these qualities within them. The duality of human nature is shown through the characters of Victor Frankenstein and his monster, who are both heroes in the novel while simultaneously displaying anti-hero qualities. Shelley forces the reader to sympathize with them both but also creates gruesome ideas of the two. Frankenstein’s creature places himself in a submissive position when he begs his creator to have mercy on him and asking the creator to “create a female for [him] with whom [he] can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for [his] being.”
Steve Jobs once said, "Your time is limited, so don 't waste it living someone else 's life." He was telling people to to make life their own, and to make their own choices, because that is what makes people unique and determines what happens to them during their lifetime. In the graphic novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein devotes years of his life to create life from the once dead. But Frankenstein recoils at the sight of his finished creation, deciding at once that he wants nothing to do with the "wretched beast".
Confucius, an influential Chinese philosopher, once famously stated "Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others"(Attack the Evil...). In the book of Frankenstein, the author Mary Shelley expresses a contrary idea for the protagonist Victor Frankenstein. Instead of ¨attacking the evil that is within yourself”, Victor Frankenstein, a mad scientist, creates the evil of himself, and leads to a series of consequences for the society, his family as well as friends. An individual's excessive passion for scientific invention and the blind pursuit of reputation as well as the parental-child tensions may result in the failure of responsibility toward one's self, family, a disrespect to nature, and eventually
In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, has a desire for science and couriers this by attempting to create life. He does not reason about the effects that might happen and desires the power to create. He creates this monster by sewing beautiful body parts from humans and the result remains a grotesque creature. This creation of the monster has numerous consequences and completely ruins Frankenstein's life. There remain many instances of abandonment in which Frankenstein has to take responsibility for.