To clarify, Victor's creation went down a dark path of destruction, even though he learned the difference between right and wrong on his own. To illustrate the importance of the companionship motif, Shelley employs the central theme of responsibility and also isolation. For instance, the creature remarked, “I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create.” As a result, Victor debates whether he should create another creature for him.
Choices Distinguish the Individual A man defines himself by his choices. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley both embody comparable characteristics about selfishness, prejudice, and desiring excess knowledge. The victims, Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein’s creation, become adversely influenced by Lord Henry and Victor Frankenstein respectively in divergent ways. Choosing to ignore his creation, Victor Frankenstein disregards any physical or emotional care needed by the creature. On the opposite hand, Lord Henry subjugates Dorian to his teachings by dominating his thoughts and lifestyle.
The scientist Victor Frankenstein calls his creation a “wretch” and assumes that it is evil solely based on it's appearance. Shelley chose to write her novel to criticize and comment on human nature’s form of judgment. In order to accomplish her writing purpose she shares Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation's existence through imagery and foreshadowing. Shelley shared Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation
It is apparent while reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, that the creature’s consciousness of a higher being certainly acts in evoking his quest for self-acceptance and religious ratification. However, throughout the text, Shelley presents ideas of human development through juxtaposing means of religious and non-religious (or interpersonal) relationships. Partnered with biblical allusions and themes of isolation and prejudice, these relationships help the reader to deduce that ethical and spiritual progress is best achieved through the removal of traditional religious structure, and rather a focus on secular
In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses the novel as a means to convey her attitude on certain scientific and moral issues of the time. She utilizes the plot of the novel to express concern surrounding scientific achievement, to put forward the notion that God should not be a passive being, and to iterate the concept that beings are not born “good” or “bad”, but rather become “good” or “bad” based on their interactions with their surroundings. In Victor Frankenstein Shelley creates a character driven by his pursuit of scientific discovery. He can be seen as an allegory to the industrial revolution that was changing the world in which Shelley lived in radical ways. Victor makes himself ill in his chase to create his monster, never stopping to think of
In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein (1818), Shelley shows her audience that while acquiring knowledge leads to survival for the Creature and power for Victor Frankenstein, the path to obtain this knowledge leads to the destruction of one’s self. Education and knowledge have major negative effects on both of the characters’ attitude, perception, and decisions. The life experiences of each character is dependent on the amount of knowledge that the character possesses. Knowledge gives Victor Frankenstein a superiority complex, and it changes the Creature’s perspective of the world and the people in it. The Creature, like a baby, is brought into the world with no prior knowledge of how society behaves.
In Frankenstein, Victor’s sense of morality is destroyed by the dark side of human nature and technology. 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
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the author utilities traditional Gothic literary elements to create a semi-autobiographical, supernatural metaphor for her own experiences. Drawing from past tribulations as an outcast, Shelley tugs at the fabric of a classist society, unraveling the shroud of status to reveal a far darker plausibility- perhaps the development of an individual's character lies not solely on oneself, but rather, "individuality" evolves as a reaction to society. Through the manifestation of characterization, emotive diction, and select allusions, the author paints an insightful, poignant, multilayer -portrait of man's quest for righteousness, additionally illuminating the internal desire humanity possesses for acceptance.
Morality is the distinction between right and wrong while ethics is the knowledge that guide one’s behavior. In the nineteenth century, social status, religion, and appearance were the main focuses of the time. In discussing these three things, one must question the moral and ethical ideals. In doing so, Mary Shelley implicates the idea of society affecting the nurturing of one’s nature in her gothic novel, Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein is nurtured by his parents to interact with only pleasant and self-promoting individuals and possessions.
The art of perspective is the technique author Mary Shelley uses in her monumental novel “Frankenstein”. She takes the point of views of two completely different characters to teach the reader no matter how different two people are portrayed, for example; Victor Frankenstein and his own monster, that the use of a shift in narrative perspective helps the reader understand each character’s personal battle. There are many different viewpoints between Victor and the monster that wouldn’t be seen without this method. One viewpoint is seen after the first narrative change to the monster’s point of view. Upon his creation, all that the monster ever wanted was to find someone, whether it be a mate or a family.