The moment Victor Frankenstein successfully infuses life into his creation he is overcome with horror and disgust. Without further examination he is certain to have created a monster, not a human being (Shelley 35-36). However, despite his grotesque appearance, Frankenstein’s creature was not born malicious. During the first stages of his existence, unbeknownst to Frankenstein himself, his acts are motivated by innocence and virtue, which even earns him the title “good spirit” (79). Frankenstein did not create a monster.
Formed from an unorthodox assortment of pieces from the “dissecting-room and the slaughter-house” (Shelley 34), the creature is already an “other”. Despite an abhorrent appearance, when the creature first awakens he is the epitome of a “blank slate”, as he knows nothing, except through what he experiences. Having no understanding of Victor’s initial rejection of him, the Creature, reaches for Victor, just as a newborn searches for the
Nature V.S. Nurture in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein Mary Shelly's Frankenstein discusses the nature of human begins, whether it is simply one's natural instinct to act maliciously or if it's one's surroundings and environment that impact their behavior. Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist of this intricate novel, answers this question in two ways, as both the product and the perpetrator of how it is both in the nature of a person, and their nurturing that develops their behaviors, and in the case of this plot, malicious behaviors. Since a young age Frankenstein desired knowledge, constantly seeking for greater wisdom, while his father did not care for this. His passion for learning wasn't something that his parents conditioned him into, and
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.
Frankenstein 's arrogant and impetuous character comes back to bite him as he hastily demolishes the creatures companion, even with knowing the risk of doing so. The creature was abandoned ever since he was brought to life, and was forced to fend for himself. Not being able to fit in with human society is what provoked him to ask Frankenstein to create a companion for him. Although it took awhile to convince Frankenstein, he reluctantly agreed and began to create a new creature. However, quite abruptly “with a sensation of madness on [his] promise of creating another like to him, and trembling with passion, [he] tore the thing on which [he] was engaged.
Limits on Knowledge Mary Shelley 's novel Frankenstein shows there are certain limits to what mankind is allowed to know. In many points in the novel Victor Frankenstein shows that the creation of a new life never ends well. Because of the work of victor it leads to many casualties and hurts the world around them. This helps exemplify the theme of gothic literature and the points of Horror and violence, as well as supernatural and mystery, along with sublime nature and man as his own worst enemy. Two common points are horror and violence and how Victor has learned to much knowledge on the creation of life.
Such passion is seen in Victor’s ‘noble intent’ to design a being that could contribute to society, but he had overextended himself, falling under the spell of playing ‘God,’ further digging his grave as he is blinded by glory. His creation – aptly called monstrous being due to its stature, appearance, and strength – proved to be more of a pure and intellectually disposed ‘child’ that moves throughout the novel as a mere oddity, given the short end of the stick in relation to a lack of familial figures within his life, especially that of parents. Clearly, Victor Frankenstein had sealed his fate: by playing God he was losing his humanity, ultimately becoming the manifestation of Mary Shelley’s hidden desires, deteriorating into The Lucifer Principle by which the author Howard Bloom notes social groups, not individuals, as the primary “unit of selection” in human psychological
In the relevant debate topic of Nature vs. Nurture, the Monster’s character in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is heavily influenced toward the nurture side of the argument. The Monster’s nurture is how he was raised. The Monster wasn't raised by anyone or anything, and had no experience with loving and affection. The Monster was the depressed creation of Victor Frankenstein.
At first, he believed his health would merely ‘fix itself’ as he continued on, “The energy of my purpose alone sustained me: my labourers would soon end, and I believed that exercise and amusement would then drive away my incipient disease” (Shelley 42). Obviously Victor’s health wouldn’t miraculously get better with time or once he finished the monster; therefore his ambition lead him to disregard his declining physical health. Furthermore, Victor supplemented his physical health concerns to put more time, energy, and focus into the creature, “For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished” (Shelley 43).
Franken-Similarities: A Compare and Contrast of a Creature and a Monster and Who Ending up Being What In the 1818 novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley developed the creature to act as a foil for Victor Frankenstein, highlighting both redeemable and toxic qualities of the failed father figure: obsessed curiosity, ambition for greatness, and unfailing arrogance. Frankenstein’s failings reveal that his real ‘destiny’ was inevitable isolation and utter self destruction. He could have lived a good, long life with his family with all of these qualities at a normal, healthy level, but Frankenstein’s degree of these qualities were way past sustainable—way past endurable. Shelley related him to the creature, because his unsatisfied heart could only be
Frankenstein spent most of his life creating life. It’s ironic that he wasted years of his life creating this thing he would hide from. He wasted his life creating another life. “Victor’s methods finally create life, but not the way he planned- his vision of a race of supermen shatters when he sees the ragtag, angry creature he has created, and he immediately disowns the creature” (Monster or Misunderstood). Victor expected his creation to be this beautiful being that would because somewhat of a hero figure.
Frankenstein did not even name his creature. Frankenstein was aware of the fact what he was doing. It was his intention to create new life. Though he wasn’t conscious about how his creation would turn out. Horrified of the sight, Frankenstein slowly becomes aware with what he has done.
What truly, is deception? Perhaps it may be the ability to persuade others into committing certain actions. Perhaps, it may be the ability to keep the truth hidden. The truth itself, is a very controversial topic fueled by ideology and aspects of individuals, communities and societies. While the truth may be heartbreaking , unbelieveable or may even seem irrational, its exposure will always lead to a series of events in relevance to the past.
The idea of a unified society, living peacefully with all the differences in the world stemmed from Kwame Appiah’s book Cosmopolitanism (2006). Thus, the idea of cosmopolitanism is that everyone is a “citizen of the world” (Appiah 14). Which means, no matter the cultural differences everyone is to live within the same standards and guidelines. When evaluating the plausibility of a cosmopolitan society, one should think of the coexistence of different cultures and ways of living. In considering this idea, there is a mass amount of culture clashes, or culture wars, throughout history.
The theme of Frankenstein is revenge and how it influences one, when affected, in doing stuff that affects one's family and loved one. At first, when the creature is brought to life, he is confused and feels abandoned after his creator leaves in disgust after seeing him. The creature is first mistreated by Victor and then by the De Lacey family, leaving the creature to feel pain and anger, turning to revenge. The creature compares himself to the devil saying, “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed,” (Shelley 42). The creature turns to revenge in a want to hurt those who have hurt him.