Frankenstein wants to explore knowledge further, but his professor shares his doubts about whether Frankenstein could deliver results or not. Victor could only think about, “one thought, one conception, one purpose. So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (33). Shelley uses visual imagery to depict Frankenstein’s future. Frankenstein claims he will “pioneer a new way,” and discover “the deepest mysteries of creation.”
One review writes; “If Aylmer could eliminate his wife's crimson mark of creation, then he would be the only one in the family with creative powers” (Eckstein). Georgiana further influences his desire when she taunts his scientific abilities which is reviewed as; ”Challenges Aylmer's masculinity and his power in science” (Jeffery). Another reason Aylmer may have wanted to remove Georgiana's mark was because he feared that she might leave him, since she was exceptionally beautiful and young. He became obsessed with the desire to change her natural facial features. His moral as a scientist consisted in changing nature by using knowledge and scientific power.
Our generation has grown up in a world with developed technology. We couldn’t imagine a world without iPhone’s, computers, television, etc. Our oldest generation is concerned about our blinded trust in technology. These fears have always haunted mankind and we’ve communicated these fears through literature. In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, she shows us through Victor that our trust in technology will ultimately destroy our morality.
However, the Romantics saw a hero in Prometheus. A figure who does not give up, and helps mankind, even with the knowledge of having to face consequences. The relationship between the myth and Frankenstein however, is ambivalent. Certainly, just like the myth it can be read as a tale of caution, like Mary Shelley already said in her ‘waking dream’ Frankenstein’s creation would be horrifying because “supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.”
The creature, good or evil, represents the conscience Victor created. Back in the 1800’s, when Frankenstein was written, men could do everything but create a life, unlike women, in which, that is all they can do. Victor wanted to be able to do everything which made him turned monstrous with his knowledge. The creation represents Victor’s
Jacob Irish Irish 1 Ms. Matthews HSE 3: Period 5 3 November 2014 Conformity versus Individuality “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Conformity and equality may seem desirable at first; however, it actually takes away one’s individuality. Ray Bradbury warned about this in his novel Fahrenheit 451. His novel takes place in a futuristic society in which advanced technology and government censorship erases any interest in books and establishes the enjoyment of simple pastimes as suspicious. Due to technological advances which have produced fire-proof houses, firemen burn books.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley introduces us to a brave and frightening new world. In this futuristic world we see a society that is divided into unbreachable social classes that depends on science for everything. This society chooses to pursue comfort and happiness, no matter the sacrifice. In Huxley's novel, he shows a world that sacrificed everything that society should actually value for social stability. We can understand Huxley’s intentions and the meaning of his novel by observing his characters and their values that they hold dearly.
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.
The nature versus nurture debate may be the debate of the century in the psychology world. Both sides hold very plausible theories and reasoning as to why they are right and because of that they are starting to accept the fact that both nature and nurture may play a key role in the development of personality. As the times change and technology becomes more advanced it becomes significantly easier to do long term studies with biological and emotional data being cross referenced. When applying the nature versus nurture debate to the story Frankenstein one can argue that the monsters lack of proper nurturing and upbringing caused him to act out negatively towards the humans he encountered throughout the story.
Walton’s attitudes towards his so-called destiny are what inspired their conversation, when he tells Frankenstein “…how gladly I would sacrifice my fortune, my existence, my every hope, to the furtherance of my enterprise. One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race” (29). Frankenstein can relate to this, later recalling that “when younger, I believed myself destined for some great enterprise. … but this thought, which supported me in the commencement of my career, now serves only to plunge me lower in the dust” (214). He uses his life’s story to urge Walton to check his ambitions and cultivate his empathy for other people, before it was too late.
Nature is the foundation of our world and it is the basis of all creation. Science is the area of research that is determined to expand knowledge so that one is able to better understand the way nature functions. Both nature and science are governed by a specific set of rules and regulations that abide by their principles of origin. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein presents a prevailing theme of nature versus science. By having each of the two main characters represent one side of the argument, Shelley is able to effectively explore the confrontation between natural and unnatural.
Society views those who are aesthetically pleasing in a positive way and those who are less pleasant to the eye are immediately judged in a negative way. In the novel Frankenstein, author Mary Shelley shares the comparison between Victor’s actions and how a man should not sacrifice his humanity in the pursuit of knowledge. Mary gives us many examples as to when Victor did not remain engaged in the real world and how that backfired. Victor’s creation slaughters his cousin, younger brother, and best friend. Victor’s actions become the characteristics of a monster to which he kills the monster’s potential mate and causes the death of the most important people to Victor.
Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is a novel that incorporates religious morals, scientific perspectives and political ideologies in a way that no other horror novel can. Whether it be paganist allusions reflecting morals from Paradise Lost; the cycle of the creator and the condemnations of his creation. Or the correlations with The Myth of Prometheus; the creator being punished for his creation. This remarkable piece intrudes the reader's mind with concepts like: alchemy, chemistry and electricity. The novel’s main character Victor decides to bring back the dead and create a creature of his own.
Can Victor Frankenstein fairly be accused of playing god? Romantic and Gothic elements are combined into a one piece of work known as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. The story of Frankenstein is one of isolation, ambition, nature, revenge, and loss of innocence. The novel begins with a ship captain Robert Walton rescuing the near death Dr. Victor Frankenstein from the ice. Upon Frankenstein’s rescue he offers to tell the ship captain his story.