Frankenstein exposes, through Victor Frankenstein’s actions, that acting in one’s own self interest, and focusing only upon oneself, is the most profound source of human alienation. While Frankenstein claims that his actions and his scientific discovery are for the purpose of improving the scientific community, Frankenstein appears to truly seek glory and fame. Frankenstein states “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many… would owe their being to me” (Shelley 36). Through this statement, Frankenstein exposes his true cause for creating a new species—a cause that has no intent of improving scientific discovery but rather an intent that focuses just on oneself.
As you can see evidence suggests that Aylmer has love for both science and Georgiana, but his love for science exceeds more greatly than his love for Georgiana. Immediately after getting married Aylmer asked Georgiana to get the birthmark removed, and of course by the use of science. It seems that he wants to treat her like a simple experiment nothing more. Aylmer states that it shocks him that something so little ruined her appearance, and tries to convince Georgiana to scientifically get rid of the mark. Hawthorne provides proof by writing, “No, dearest Georgiana, you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature, that this slightest possible defect----which we hesitate whether to term a defect or a beauty----shocks me, as being
Kurt Vonnegut tries his level best in imprinting the evils of scientific development and warns what is to be done to improve the life of mankind better. The advancement of technology and scientific inventions has tried to modulate man as civilized but he has become a civilized barbarian. Dehumanization means the refusal of human tendency.
We were liars is a story about the ideals we are all supposed to aspire to, simply because of the way our society defines success; as being forceful, reckless, hasty and bold. The dauntless ideal Cadence falls prey for. In my opinion the book is trying to shed light on the insidious backside of our idea of heroism, and the too often gruesome consequences it might bring. That it more frequently than not results in the unnecessary suffering of others. Cady’s cousin Mirren on the other hand, had a very different life motto: ”Always be kinder than you have to”.
The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne is centered around Aylmer, a mad scientist, and the birthmark on his wife’s, Georgiana, face. His obsession with perfection drives him to create an elixir that ends up serving its purpose and more. However, this story is actually about Aylmers attempt to use science to create the perfect human being, one lacking sin. Hawthorne implies this throughout the story by hinting towards the ideas that the birthmark on Georgiana’s face is really the embodiment of human sin and that Georgiana is, in reality, an angel. “No Georgiana, you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature, that this slightest possible defect shocks me (Hawthorne, 765).
In reference to Oscar Wildes novel/social critique "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen in Figure G, the main character Dorian Gray embodies the ultimate aesthetic lifestyle by pursuing personal gratification. Yet, while he enjoys these indulgences, his behaviour eventually kills him and others, and he dies unhappier than ever. Rather than an advocate for pure aestheticism - Dorian Gray is a story in which Wilde illustrates the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy when not practiced with good taste. Aestheticism, Wilde argues that it too often aligns itself with immorality, resulting in a precarious philosophy that must be practiced deliberately (Dugan). This book is important in this argument because the character of Dorian Gray and the story of his profound degeneration provides a case study which examines the viability of a purely
Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is Macbeth´s wife. At the beginning of the play, she has a female traditional role, but when the plot starts to develop, she changes it. Thus, whenever it suits her she adapts a masculine role. She is shown as instigator in Macbeth´s downfall, inciting him to do the wrong things, and in some situations, she is thought to be a representation of evil. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious, and she “wants” to be a man, because men are supposed to be cruel.
Diana Moon, the Handicapper General's first and center names, refers to the hunt of the Roman goddess (Gradesaver.com). Diana was known for her revenge, which could clarify the heartless murdering of Harrison Bergeron in this story. Diana Moon, the murderer of individuality and freedom, Vonnegut is alerting society not to lean totally towards being "equivalent in every way" or else society will lose its opportunities to exceed expectation of past it has become (Joodaki & Mahdiany). In a society of equality, Harrison Bergeron is the one who represents uniqueness by his mental and physical characteristics. In fact, he is characterized as “a genius, an athlete”.
Rousseau’s perception of gender roles, mans inherently good nature, the study of sciences and amour-propre appear in Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein from her character portrayal. Shelley depicts the invention of a creature that defies scientific boundaries and whose presence shocks its creator. Since Victor refuses to understand what he created, he abandons the new found life out of utter confusion and shock. The creature lives and travels and eventually discovers other individuals that ultimately lead him to acquire a malicious nature. The creature assimilates with others corruption and Shelley utilizes this to show an individual 's power over one 's thoughts and views of themself.
Frankenstein is educated by alchemy teachers who encourages him for this obsession to science. His determination to know the secret of life results in terrible events. Mary convinces us that ignorance is a bliss in this case . Obviously, it is concluded by Victor Frankenstein as he advised Walton to avoid ambition in pursuit of scientific discovery . Man thinks he can challenge his creator by undertaking this responsibility.
Although the theme of The Birthmark, has been interpreted in different ways, I believe the theme of the story is human imperfection and the strive for perfection, which is demonstrated by the birthmark on Georgiana’s face, her husband Aylmer, and their marriage. The birthmark on Georgiana’s face symbolizes human mortality and imperfection as believed among many critics. Most criticism has accepted the rather forthright and explicit allegorical interpretation of Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" that regards the mark on Georgiana Aylmer's cheek as the external sign of her human, imperfect condition and understands Aylmer's attempt to remove it as the expression of either scientific, rational, reformist presumption, or of too aspiring an idealism.
“The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “The Birthmark”, is an exemplary example of Dark Romanticism in early American literature. An abundance of romantic characteristics such as supernatural elements, intuition over reasoning, and the tendency to focus on the tragedy of the story are found throughout the Dark Romantic piece. Many examples of the supernatural trademarks are evident throughout the piece. One being, Hawthorne describes Georgiana’s hand to look as if, “...some fairy at her birth hour had laid her tiny hand upon the infant's cheek, and left this impress there in token of the magic endowments that were to give her such sway over all hearts” (6).
The story of Icarus is a well known Greek myth that depicts the dangers of untamed hubris. Within the myth, Icarus, foolishly ignores his father’s warnings on the usage of his wax wings. With reckless abandon, he flies too close to the sun, his wings melt, and the result is him tragically falling to his death. The story is a simple enough, but remains a timeless allegory remembered centuries later. Nathaniel Hawthorne, if nothing else, was a master of the art of allegory.
The Birthmark The short story “The Birthmark” was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1834. The story follows a brilliant, yet insane scientist named Aylmer. He creates so many brilliant inventions in hoping to improve his life; his wife is just as perfect, despite a small hand shaped birthmark on her cheek. While Georgiana is considered gorgeous and beautiful by hundreds of men, only Aylmer sees the fault in the birthmark and deems it as a flaw that only he can fix with science. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism and figurative language to help convey the meaning of the short story to readers.
“Humanity is just a work in progress.” This quote by Tennessee Williams accurately describes what many people believe, and consequently, why many people try to improve themselves. Even so, occasionally people can take the pursuit of perfection too far. This is the case for Aylmer and Georgiana in “The Birth-Mark,” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In this story Aylmer successfully removes his wife's only imperfection- a hand-shaped birthmark on her cheek, consequently making her perfect.