“Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.” Fear only holds back those who have things to lose. So what about a man who loses everything at his own hands, what does he fear? It was a million dreams for the world he was going to make. However, Victor Frankenstein becomes the key to the making of a murderer, and his dreams were shattered.
They each show characteristics of being a monster, they are hostile toward others and inspire a sense of dread commonly associated with creatures of evil or those that are not fully human and care little for the nature of that which is good. The perception of what makes a monster is questioned as the more we learn about the scientists the more we question their humanity. Frankenstein takes on the qualities of a mad scientist robbing graves and desecrating corpses, and Nathan drowns himself in alcohol taking out his aggression on those around him. Frankenstein’s creation in novel is able to express compassion and is able to show remorse, caring for things beside himself. Nathan comments about in regards to Ava's brain that it is “Impulse.
Frankenstein 's arrogant and impetuous character comes back to bite him as he hastily demolishes the creatures companion, even with knowing the risk of doing so. The creature was abandoned ever since he was brought to life, and was forced to fend for himself. Not being able to fit in with human society is what provoked him to ask Frankenstein to create a companion for him. Although it took awhile to convince Frankenstein, he reluctantly agreed and began to create a new creature. However, quite abruptly “with a sensation of madness on [his] promise of creating another like to him, and trembling with passion, [he] tore the thing on which [he] was engaged.
Society is well-known for pushing those who are outsiders or strange away from society. This is prevalent to the examples in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. The monster who was created by Victor Frankenstein who wanted to be the first to create life was appalled by the sights of the his creation. Frankenstein’s monster is judged based on his appearances and is often ostracized by society, just as anyone in modern day society can be shunned or pushed away due to their looks or how they think. The most outstanding example of ostracism that occurred throughout the novel is based on the monster’s physical features and structure.
In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the main character Victor tends to show flickers of his own monster in his personality, leading the reader to believe they are one in the same. Victor may not outwardly portray his monster but his emotions and desires line up with that of the monsters actions. The anger Victor and the monster share brought about by society are traits of this deep emotional bond they have. A literary doppelganger best describes the two being, meaning a Victor's monster is another version of himself. The Creature is Victor's inner most emotions, those that are often hidden due to society's expectations; this madness is brought to the surface through the monster.
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.
Victor Frankenstein the main character in Frankenstein was going through depression, bipolar, and anxiety throughout the story because things in his life were going terrible for him. Victor never had a happy moment in his life after the creation of his monster. Once the monster became angry he tried controlling Victor into creating a love for him. Victor didn’t want to because he was afraid that he would create a violent species and they would take over. After the monster found out he wasn’t doing it, the monster wanted to kill Victors loved ones and not Victor.
“One man’s life or death but were a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought…” (22). Frankenstein, by Mary W. Shelley, touches on the the perspective of both Victor and the creatures story. Victor developed a passion to discover life and build a creature, but after being successful, Victor ignores his responsibilities and gives the monster a hard life, which in return causes the monster to seek revenge and kill all of Victor’s loved ones.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a classic piece of horror fiction that set the foundation for a now extremely different genre. The story details the scientist Victor Frankenstein as his pursuit for knowledge leads to a deadly creation and himself becoming truly the monster of the story. Shelley’s novel is a very strong defense of the idea that intelligence and/or knowledge can be both a curse and a blessing; while Frankenstein’s pursuit of knowledge consumes his life and leads to the loss of everything he holds dear, the Being’s lack of knowledge is equally responsible for the trouble that befalls the characters in the story. Knowledge is necessary to succeed and function to one’s fullest potential in life; however, if he/she allows that knowledge to consume him/her and it becomes the only concept that matters
The Creature’s feelings of rejection from society and the abandonment from Victor compel him to use violence and seek revenge. In so, the Creature ends up killing a great many of people throughout the story, some of which include: Victor’s younger brother William, Justine Moritz, Victor’s close friend Henry Clerval, and Victor’s soon to be wife Elizabeth Lavenza. Many would say that the story of “Frankenstein” from the start sets out to make the creature seem to be naturally evil and a monstrosity of a thing which is directly the cause of its uncontrollable bloodthirstiness, but I believe this to not be the case. Although the Creature behaves viciously and murders several people, he is not inherently evil or malicious. It is because of the human relationships he endured and the consequences of a neglected psycho-social responsibility that drove him to do such
This [trust] resulted in the discharge of a large number of laborers who had to suffer in consequence . . . The most distressing feature of this war of the trusts is the fact that they control the articles which the plain people consume in their daily life” (Document E). Finally, the cruel punishment of the workers in the workplace is seen in the previously mentioned, “Concentration of Industry, and Machinery in the United States,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. “They [the labor class] reproach the machine with exhausting the physical powers of the laborer; . . . [t]hey reproach it with demanding such continued attention that it enervates, and of leaving no respite to the laborer, through the continuity of its movement . . .
One of the prominent theme in Frankenstein is the danger of knowledge. Victor Frankenstein find himself exploring the world of science where “it was the secret of heaven and earth… the outward substance of things or the inner spirits of nature and the mysterious soul of man” that attracted him (Shelley 18). It is apparent that Victor have a thirst for knowledge through the reading of the alchemy books which lead him to go on go beyond what the normal human limits can do, that is, the answer to life. His new-found knowledge ultimately set him up for failure as he became addicted with creating life to the point where he robbed graveyards for limbs and committing many unholy acts to create his monster. His unchecked ambition proves to have devastating
Knowledge is power and power is what leads to self destruction of Victor Frankenstein; an easily influenced man who sows he is not the male figure he wants to be. Victor lived a simple life, starting as a child who has everything he possibly could possibly want; a family, a house, an above all happiness. However, it all alter when he loses his mother, the traumatic event causes the family to switch gear and face he heart ache to something else. Escapism through knowledge is what led Victor's secrecy. " The world was to me to secret which I desire to divine, curiosity, earnest research to learn hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to me, are among the earliest sensations I can remember.
From the point of birth, Man always pursues knowledge, this pursuit is always kept within certain boundaries. In her novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explains how the pursuit of forbidden knowledge can become dangerous through symbolism, allusion, and foreshadowing proving each effectively to the reader. Employing symbolism as her first technique, Shelley uses this in the way many other enlightenment authors do. The strongest use of symbolism is prevalent while Victor is contemplating suicide on the lake near Geneva. Feeling “tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever” (63)
The attainment of knowledge did not improve Victor Frankenstein. He lacks compassion with the Creature right after it was brought to the world. His ignorance and lack of affection, brings the worst in the creature which leads the creature to kill Victor’s loved ones. After abandoning the creature for years, Victors returns back home after being informed about his brother Williams murder. While returning back home, Victor encounters the Creature for the first time after all his avoidance since past couple years.