In the novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the theme is on how family, society, and isolation affects him. Throughout the novel the monster is constantly founded upon because of his deformation. The villagers, Felix, Victor, and several other would not give him a chance to prove to them he is not what he appears to be. The themes of family, society and isolation have to do with the monster wanted a family, the society treating him differently based on his appearance and the creature isolating himself from the world due to the reactions humankind gives him. To begin with, family is a huge part in the novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley because the creature strives for a true family.
In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein creates an intelligent monster with no name. The creature is thrust into the world to fend for itself when Victor leaves it alone in his lab. The creature has childlike tendencies because he has recently been “born”. If the creature is viewed as a child, then Victor is essentially his father. There are many times in the book where the author elluded to Victor and the creature being like father and son.
The Significance of Family in Frankenstein The role of family is a reoccurring theme throughout Mary Shelley’s epistolary novel Frankenstein and the idea that family has significant role in one's life is evident. In addition, Mary Shelley’s life is also alluded to in many ways throughout her novel such as the death of her mother and her trip to the Swiss Alps with Percy Shelley. The sequence of unfortunate events throughout the book suggest the idea that the disconnect to one's family causes emotional turmoil that he or she cannot overcome.
In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses the novel as a means to convey her attitude on certain scientific and moral issues of the time. She utilizes the plot of the novel to express concern surrounding scientific achievement, to put forward the notion that God should not be a passive being, and to iterate the concept that beings are not born “good” or “bad”, but rather become “good” or “bad” based on their interactions with their surroundings. In Victor Frankenstein Shelley creates a character driven by his pursuit of scientific discovery. He can be seen as an allegory to the industrial revolution that was changing the world in which Shelley lived in radical ways.
Throughout literature, abandonment is a leading cause of conflict and struggle. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is successful in his endeavor to create life, but once he sees the life he has created he runs from it out of fear. This causes the Creature to be left all alone, which makes him grow bitter and want to take revenge on Victor by getting rid of the people in his life. The Creature kills Victor’s brother William, his best friend Clerval, and his fiancee Elizabeth. All because he had nobody to love him.
Nature versus nurture is one of our society’s oldest philosophical debates. Famous intellectuals from John Locke to Renee Descartes have contested both sides of this debate for centuries. Some believe that personal development is determined by one’s DNA, while others deem that behavioral characteristics are the results of one’s overall environment and upbringing. In the novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley contributes to this debate by extensively exploring the notion that an individual’s character and actions are greatly influenced by their experiences within society. Shelley reasons that the monster’s character deficiencies are due to society’s inclination to judge individuals based on appearance and Victor’s shortcomings as a parent, rather than the monster itself being intrinsically evil.
Mary Shelley was twenty-one years old when she wrote Frankenstein. Therefore, the effects of her parents were still fresh. That, combined with inspiration from her literary husband, created a large theme in her novel, the role of parents. Through the lack of caring progenitors in Frankenstein, Shelley is arguing that detached parents allow for a negative upbringing, therefore urging them to be present in one's life. The first hinting of the parent theme is Victor Frankenstein’s guardians.
Right when a baby is born, they immediately begin to seek for someone to trust and provide for their basic needs. As an individual grows, they develop their own personality and characteristics, but this begs the question if a human’s personality and characteristics are determined more on nature or nurture. Which leads to the question: what characteristics make a human really a human? In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein creates a monster from the dead using body parts from the dead. Instantly, Victor abandons the monster who later turns to murder.
Frankenstein a classic gothic novel has a main theme of portraying advancements in technology as a bad thing, but it also contains an underlying theme that represents parental development along with a feminist perspective underlying in this representation. When Frankenstein creates his monster he without knowing it becomes involved in a parental relationship and to be frank, Frankenstein is a terrible parent, he is a deadbeat dad and a forgetful mother all in one. His lack of parent skills is a huge engine to the plot, it can be argued that if Victor parented his “child” in the slightest he may have not turned as evil as he did. The creature was forsaken by his parent and had to go elsewhere for development, without that support and love that
The Monster and the Movie Too many people the Frankenstein monster is an intelligible creature that causes terror among people. That is true in the movies, but what about in the book Shelley’s Frankenstein? Many people believe Frankenstein is the monster, or creature. If people actually read book they would know that Frankenstein is the name of the Doctor that made the creature. The name being Dr. Victor Frankenstein.