Secular And Spiritual Growth In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Throughout Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the knowledge of an existing creator has damaging effects on the creature as he tries to resolve what he views of himself while also having an enraging desire for approval and acceptance from his godlike creator. It is evident throughout the text that Shelley, a woman that did not adhere to the religious practices of her time, compares the development of humans through the contrasting of secular and religious connections. In the novel’s end, through the character of Victor Frankenstein, Shelley makes the conclusion that both a moral and spiritual growth is best achieved through detachment from strict belief practices, which eliminates God and moves toward reaching self-perception.
Victor Frankenstein’s
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