Mary Shelley 's, Frankenstein, depicts the inevitable downfall of Victor Frankenstein, the doctor who created a monster that in the end destroys him. From the start of the novel, Victor tries his best to catch the monster who is running north. From there Victor begins to tell the story of his miscreation, and all the disasters the monster causes. Shelley 's novel is combined with a variation of allusions that showcase her work and enhances the novel 's overall meaning. Shelley utilizes the allusion from the story of Prometheus to recreate the character of Victor that comes from the Greek legend that Prometheus was created with the ability to mold humans.
Frankenstein, despite how determined and entrenched he was in his science, runs away when his monster is not aesthetically pleasing. Afterwards, he tries to sleep and wish his monster away like some bad dream. The monster actually believed Frankenstein would still help him after he murdered his beloved younger brother and continuously ruined his life. No one in their right mind would agree to assist a murderer, especially when the one they killed was someone dear. As stated earlier, Frankenstein and his monster are not completely alike.
The monster gives Victor one chance to fix their relationship, but Victor choses his life over the monsters. “I thought with a sensation of madness on my promise of creating another like him, and trembling with passion, tore to pieces the thing on which I was engaged. The wretch saw me destroy the creature on whose future existence he depended for happiness, and, with a howl of devilish despair and revenge, withdrew” (Shelley 171). Victor doesn’t want to create “another like him” but he doesn’t realize that the only way the monster acts the way he does, is because Victor was never there to help him through life. Victor could help the monster by making a companion for him, but instead Victor got married to his own.
The wooden people were slightly more fruitful; however, they had no emotion, and therefore could not worship their creators accordingly. Hurricane and Serpent decided that it was time to discard of the wooden people, so the two flooded the Earth, and those who survived were exterminated by monsters like Bloodletter, Gouger of Faces, Crunching Jaguar, and Tearing Jaguar. On the third attempt to create a successful human being, Hurricane and Serpent made a few small adjustments to the Earth before they started again. The new race was created out of a “maize paste” (Wren 1), and these people were successful. In “The Story of Creation”, after Juhwertamahkai added more to his world, he went on to create the perfect humans, or so he thought.
It might have been uncustomary to grieve that period, but Frankenstein’s misery overtakes his will not to grieve. Furthermore, when Frankenstein meets his monster while journeying, the ghoul states that despite the hatred between them, “’I ought to be thy Adam’” (73). This is a biblical allusion to the story of the world creation, and the story of Adam and Eve. Adam was the direct product of God. He was tempted to taste the knowledge fruits, but eventually averted his will.
When he returned to his family, he was happy and he felt all the emotions and pleasures that failed to exist when he was not with them. He did not realize this however. His passion clouded everything else in his life which drove him into the first steps of the loneliness that led him to make the mistakes he did. After the monster was created and Victor had fled to outrun his problems, the monster drove Victor’s sense of loneliness to new heights. Victor felt he had no one to turn to because he did not want to tell anyone what he had created.
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.
This further assists readers in understanding the state of mind of the creation and the reason behind his contradicting and sometimes confusing actions. Throughout the novel, Shelley references Genesis as Frankenstein creates his monster, as well as when the creation dwells on his emotions to persuade Frankenstein to help him. The creation starts off his existence by relating himself to Adam, but as he continues his cursed journey, he realizes he has become more like the fallen angel, lonely and cast away. When the creation speaks to Frankenstein for the first time, he exclaims what he has been through by telling Frankenstein, “Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed” after he was abandoned and forced to live on his own (Shelley 87). This is similar to Adam, who was created and then left to figure out life with no direction from his creator.
Frankenstein claims he will “pioneer a new way,” and discover “the deepest mysteries of creation.” By this he means he will “unfold” the truth about creating life from death. The desire for the knowledge consumed him, allowing him to only think about “one thought, one conception, one purpose.” The dangers of desire are examined after he has created the monster. Victor has just finished the monster and realizes the gravity of the situation. He diminished his “health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (42).
Everyman had discovered that while he was successful in life, the afterlife was a different story because his wealth could not go with him or count in the Book of life. Fortunately, Everyman could recover good works in his search for a company. Passion is substantial throughout the work, Everyman wants to live, tries to pay to death, begging for a company, then accept that his human life ended, asking God for forgiveness, begging him to have mercy on him. The tragedy, the fact that death is upon him and the conflict within him. To find that everything that one has lived to achieve did not matter, in the end, it is sad, unfortunately, humanity seems to follow this example, but fortunately, Everyman could change the outcome of his sinful ways.
Victor’s thoughts after bringing the monster to life were, “A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished, he was ugly then… it became such a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived”(81-83). The outcome of his creation turned out to be nothing like Frankenstein expected so therefore he kept away from the monster. Although the curiosity and eagerness of scientists spark the technology we have today, greed and power can change technology into harmful weapons. While genetic engineering can benefit the human race, it could also potentially wipe out the entire human race.
It was wrong for the doctors not to tell Charlie the risks of the surgery because one of them was him dying. Charlie realized the horrible mistake he made, and would probably end up paying for it, even though it was the doctor’s fault. Charlie had no regrets for having the surgery done to him, because he achieved his goal of becoming smart. Before Charlie started to regress, he tried to correct what went wrong with the surgery because he was the only one in the institute who could. Charlie knew that he was happier when he was ignorant, because he could not see how cruel the world actually was.