During the 19th century, the use of Dark Romantic writing became a prominent style in Europe. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, illustrates a horrific story of a scientist’s journey to creating life from the dead. The pursuit for knowledge causes certain characters’, such as Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton, to explore the depths of the unknown,without paying attention to the consequences that lie ahead. Because of the constant desire to obtain recognition for one’s work, it causes Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton to become isolated from the real world, and ultimately make themselves and the people around them suffer. Being raised in the mountains of Geneva, Victor Frankenstein’s upbringing depicts the early learning of knowledge.
Their ambition drives them to take risks and even put the lives of themselves and others on the line. Throughout the novel, these characters toil with the pursuit of forbidden knowledge by suffering through the ramifications of their decisions to satisfy their desires. The author implies that blind ambition can lead to the downfall of beings who don’t limit their curiosity. These endeavors include determining the secret of life as well as its creation, discovering a passage in the North Pole, and learning to understand one’s place in the world. Victor Frankenstein suffers from the cost of knowledge by allowing his thirst for the unknown to exceed his limits.
Frankenstein has a way of making things sound overtly dramatic, “as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim,” (175) while surely Frankenstein does not have magic powers the reader is left with a question as to who could possibly be a “far dearer victim” (175). The mystery behind the identity and the aforementioned magical powers are very unsettling. The wording of this passage also calls attention to the unpredictability of Frankenstein’s actions as his creation of the creature brings man into uncharted territory,
In the novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the two main characters, Victor Frankenstein and his creature, both display a sense of moral ambiguity. Each character has committed both good and evil alike, and neither knew the consequences of what they had done. However, Victor Frankenstein is generally the morally ambiguous character by his treatment of his creation and his own imperious personality. He wanted to be able to help science by recreating life or bringing it back, but at the same time, he did not want to consider the consequences of doing so. Victor tries to prove himself as a good moral character in the relationship between his creation and himself.
Then there is victor Frankenstein who is plagued by the secrets he keeps and therefore leads a joyless life. Mary Shelley 's timeless story seeks to help readers beware of alleviating loneliness through valuing others, and she warns readers that living a life of secrecy drains the joy out of life. The human condition of loneliness triggered many of the events in this book. This creature that Victor Frankenstein forged from cadavers was immediately abandoned. Right after Victor created this innocent monster, he fled from him out of fear.
The characters in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein discover that without control human creativity is dangerous. Discuss. The drive to conquer unknown territories, consider new possibilities and approaches to life and the desire to learn are alapail proposed as worthy pursuits in Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. However, Shelley also highlights exactly what can occur when such pursuits and ambition are unchecked or approached without care and reflection. Ultimately it is the many individuals in Victor Frankenstein’s life who experience the deadly consequences of his creativity as his creation is repeatedly excluded and disregarded.
A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace with it.” In few words, fire is a way to escape your past, your problems and anything unwanted. I believe that Beatty as well as the rest of the characters were mistaken in the role of fire. They took it as a positive thing in the beginning because they didn’t know any better and didn’t know how else to take
Beatty is puzzled and troubled by the fact that he can not make sense of the literature, and for this reason he wants to die. By killing him, Montag frees Beatty from the shackles of knowledge and allows him to move on into an ignorant and peaceful state of mind. Montag may have only burned Beatty because he was an obstacle, but the repercussions of this event makes it a renewing use of fire. Beatty is released from his life filled with burden, which is what makes this positive. Not only is Beatty’s death an example of this side of fire’s duality, but Montag and the rest of the firemen watching the woman set her house and self on fire is also an example of renewal.
This can also mean that Jekyll has mental self-esteem issues, as he criticizes himself over something that is natural and occurs in every human being. This could add to the reasons of how he so suddenly falls into depression further into the novella. Henry Jekyll utilised scientific research as he attempted to remove his darker side. This is insinuated in the quote “A side light began to shine upon the subject from the laboratory table.” A “light” is being used to signify an idea, such as how
Eventually, light could be a sign of knowledge and enlightenment that need to be using it cautiously and wisely; however, if it manipulates beyond the capacity of someone’s knowledge, it could be destructive and mortal like Victor does. Victor uses his knowledge to the extent to create a life form although this creature is causing negative effects on him and his family, yet his intelligence which is being creative doesn’t succeed him in life because he goes beyond his capability and couldn’t control the scruffy of the destruction he made instead the new creature ends up murdering loved ones. Even Victor himself affirms that, “[H]ow dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge…, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow”