Shelly is therefore claiming that one's own nature and forms in which they were nurtured (Frankenstein) have an effect on those of others, and can even cause someone else to be more inhumane than the original person (the daemon). This is seen in human nature, where one who experiences abandonment from a parent because the parent's nature causes them to flee, this person will be more likely to commit crimes due to their loneliness and lack of direction by a parental figure. This translates directly into the plot of the story,
The Creature in Frankenstein Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” is an inspirational work of horror and science fiction; it is the narrative of an unorthodox act of creation, of a monster which torments his miserable creator. The author puts forth ideas, and reinforces it through the development of the plot, that mankind is capable of both good and evil. Shelly demonstrates the ‘humanity’ of the creature; his actions and his inclination are like those of mankind. Indeed, even the negative aspect of his character, demonstrated through his quest for revenge, has a parallel in the actions of his human creator. In Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” the creature is represented as being vicious and murderous but he is not inherently evil or malicious.
3 Literature Review • The individual is bitter and disconsolate after the creature is turned away society, a lot in the similar means that Adam in “Paradise lost was turned out of the Garden of Eden. One difference, though, makes the monster a sympathetic character, especially to contemporary readers. In the biblical story, Adam causes his own fate by sinning. His creator, Victor, however, causes the creature’s hideous existence, and it is this grotesqueness that leads to the creature’s being spurned.
The monsters revenge on Frankenstein, drives him too to be full of hatred and need for vengeance because he destroyed everything good in his life. He feels as the death of his loved ones is his fault because he is the one that created the horrid creature in the first place (Brackett). “As time passed away I became more calm; misery had her dwelling in my heart, but I no longer talked in the same incoherent manner of my own crimes; sufficient for me was the consciousness of them” (Shelley 158). The monster wanted Victor to feel the same thing as him, lonely and sadness. The monsters revenge works, Victor becomes rejected by people and has nobody but himself.
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The monster believes that he is like Satan. He once was good, saving a young girl from drowning, but like Satan, he has fallen into the pits of hell. Where he consistently seeks revenge on Victor, his creator, who is seen as an allusion to God. This relationship between the monster and its creator, can be viewed as a parallel to God and Adam/Satan. Like Adam, he was created by God (Victor), and craves for a companion, just like the monster, who constantly implies that, “I am alone.
Also, the monster was created not naturally born into the world. (Morrison) In the book, Victor deny the monster any love or joy because he is ugly that he describes as “when I saw the filthy mass that moved and talked, my heart sickens and my feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred” (Shelly) The quote reveals that Victor hated Frankenstein right away due to appearance only which judge the monster in an unfair way. Also, Victor made him as the perpetrator due to destroying the monster’s request for a female creature.
And who is it who in fact enjoyed his solitude and seclusion from society? That would be none other than Victor Frankenstein himself. The disturbing reality that Victor is part god and part wild beast for his cruel actions towards his creation displays the evil that comes from a man when he removes himself from society. The Monster partially experiences these effects as well from his unwelcome seclusion from society when he is also slowly pulled back and forth between good and evil. Mary Shelley made no mistake in making this clear through her writing, however.
Due to neglect and immediate abandonment during the beginning of his life, the creature develops a hostile attitude and seeks revenge on Victor Frankenstein. In response to the cottage dwellers attacking him, the creature exclaims “cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence of which you had so wantonly bestowed” and reveals his feelings “of rage and revenge” (Shelley 135).
(pg. 47) To pursue this knowledge and then seek revenge after his creation, controlled Victor mentally. He is a monster because not only his actions showed it, but his mind was consumed as well. Victor Frankenstein is the true monster in this novel, because he obtained this knowledge that only God should possess, he was not capable with his actions to fulfill this knowledge, and allowed his self-ambition and revenge to control him. Victor became a monster by allowing this knowledge of creation to consume his actions and mind and in the end, it destroyed him and everyone that he loved.
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.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a famous classic amongst books and contains some of the most memorable literary figures. In fact, Frankenstein’s literary influence subjects it to lots of criticism. One common argument that occurs is the debate on which of the two main characters is truly at fault for the suffering of the other. At first glance, Frankenstein’s monster is a hideous beast who causes severe mental pain to his creator, despite the fact Frankenstein had done no direct harm to him. However when one recognizes of the consequences of indirect harm, it can be argued that Victor Frankenstein was the one at fault.
Many people say that in order to get justice they have to respond to what's been done to them. In frankenstein the creature that victor creates tends to search for justice. In this novel the way that the “monster” tends to be rejected by many and brought him to the point that he understands and gets justice by killing different persons throughout the whole book. Victor was a scientist who created and brought a life into the world which had been thought to be impossible. For example, when the creature had recently been created at first he didn’t have any feelings.
Throughout history, mankind proclaims a future world close to utopia; however, the results of the present day veers far from ambitions. Repeating the words from The Great Gatsby’s, Nick Carraway, “ No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart,” reveals that the vivid imaginations of humans always surpass the true extent of the situation. Furthermore, evidence proves Carraway’s assertion through classic novels such as, The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein, and Jane Eyre. Each of these storylines’ characters fall into an optimistic reality compared to the tangible society surrounding them.
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.