Mary Shelley, in her book, Frankenstein, has a reoccurring theme of isolation, in which she isolates the main character, Victor Frankenstein, from the rest of society in order to create a creature. Likewise, the creature that is created is also isolated from the rest of society as he is rejected from his creator as to his appearance. The theme is present throughout the novel as it reinforces Victor’s downfall from a normal boy to a grown man intrigued with creating life as he slowly becomes a madman that everyone soon fears. Isolation causes a loss of humanity as it affects the mind and body. Isolation from society does not teach social interaction, causes regret about oneself, provides one with negative feelings, and causes regretful actions.
He forced himself into isolation from his family and friends because he immersed himself into science instead of dealing with his mother’s death. He also felt alone and isolated because he deprived himself of human companionship, which could have drove him into making a new species. This scene stresses selfishness because Victor abandoned his family to achieve fame and glory for himself. His mother’s death took a toll on his whole family except him. He left his family behind to cope and grieve in such a sensitive time.
He is saying that he left everything for his relentless search of knowledge and forgetting about his physical. I think that his suffering is do to the doubts that he had about life. When Victor gave life to the monster, he couldn’t believe the appearance of the monster that he just run away. This was another problem that caused his suffering because of his absences on taking care of the creature. Because of his lack of human appearance, society making something bad awake inside him rejects the monster.
Unlike the creature, Walton does find the “admirable being” (157) in Victor Frankenstein. He learns about the dangers of ambition, which ultimately induced loneliness in Frankenstein and him. When his perfect companion dies, a sense of pathos is developed for Walton because the friend he has always wanted is no more. But, Frankenstein serves as a warning to Walton about the dangers of ambition and isolation. Walton’s loneliness was caused by his ambition, and by seeing the consequences of that path, he decides that risking his life is not worth the rewards.
The monsters only oversight was to let the words of others around him define who he was. Through the novel, Frankenstein felt sick and asked himself why would Victor create a monster so hideous that even he would turn from disgust. (Shelly,116). Even though many would say that this was the moment when Frankenstein started to developed hatred towards Victor, this is in fact when the monster started to express some sense of vulnerability. He questions his existence and why people had this electric feeling of horror towards him.
DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS The role of victor is subverting the mythical norms in Frankenstein. Usually the creator is considered superior and perfect in his qualities however, in this novelette, the creator himself is flawed he fails to own his own creation. On the complete contrast, Mary Shelley portrays the Creature to be an isolated figure that spends his life desiring a companion and friendship. The Creature is so rejected by society, so abandoned by Victor and the people he come across, that he becomes filled with hatred towards everyone, particularly for the one who placed him into this terrible state in the first place – Victor. The first abandonment occurred right after the “birth” of the Creature.
Instead of feeling sorry for Justine, Frankenstein is trying to justify to himself why he should not feel bad for not telling everyone the truth. Several more people die throughout the novel and Frankenstein still does not say anything. The fact that Frankenstein was able to let other people die and still not admit fault, knowing it could save the lives of others, is another reason why Frankenstein is truly the monster of the story. If Frankenstein had any compassion for others, he would have let everyone know the truth and save them from his creation. Unfortunately, Frankenstein, being the monster he is, never does tell anyone the truth and almost everyone close to him dies as a result.
The monster found himself lost and on his own in nature without anyone to help him, “I knew, and could distinguish, nothing;” (Shelley, 71) When someone is left with no information about themselves or how to do something they can feel helpless. This is exactly like how Frankenstein gave the monster no help on how to survive in the real world. Once you try to do something multiple times and still are not able to get it right, you begin to feel helpless and inferior to others. This can cause frustration because you feel like everyone understands what is going on around you, but you are clueless of your surroundings. Altogether the monster in Frankenstein feels betrayed by his creator, lonely while he was alone in the woods with no one around him and helpless when he was not able to understand what was going on in the world he was living in.
In making the creature that is his legacy, Frankenstein rehearsed little premonition. His absence of arranging an existence with his creation is basically the start of the end, and this is most clear as his creation draws its first breath, as Frankenstein falls into stun. This is the reason Frankenstein is not recognized as a kindhearted creator, but rather a distraught researcher. Frankenstein utilized little caution in his part as creator, rather liking to show his exceptional forces. This is the place the wellspring of contention untruths; when to utilize control versus when to lower oneself.
The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley says a person is responsible for their actions if they do not weigh the possible consequences of their actions before making their final decision. Throughout the novel, Mary Shelley shows the consequences of actions that are done without proper thought beforehand. Victor Frankenstein wants to create life, he wants to be god, and his lust for this goal overtakes his common sense. Victor rushes into making his creature and then makes rash decisions which also contributes to his demise and the death of several of his close friends and family. The monster should be held responsible for his actions to a certain extent, however, his actions are influenced by Victor’s initial impetuous decisions.
The creature hasn’t got any life experience, doesn’t have any friends or family. The creature tries so hard to be friendly and tries to make friends, but anyone seeing the creation of Frankenstein is either terrified or making fun of it. Frankenstein isn’t there to support him, isn’t there for him like the creature needs Frankenstein. The monster eventually breaks and wants his revenge for being so lonely. This is a short summary on how the evil came to stand within the monster.
His false portrayal and constant rejection never stopped him from adapting to society, evidently it did turn him down a dark and vengeful path. Just as it did for the Monster. When Frankenstein attempted to join society, he was rejected and chased out due to his differences, but he wasn’t as interested in joining the society as Grendel was. The monster was content staying away from humans until he happened upon the family of