Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. Responsibility is something that every human needs. A lack of responsibility can be harmful to the person and the people around them and a plethora of responsibility can change a person 's life. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Shelley’s portrayal of Victor as selfish suggests that not taking responsibility can lead to pain, death, and the suffering of others as the reader sees in the novel which relates to today 's society of powerful countries not taking responsibility for the weapons that they create, and the damage that is revealed as a result.
The renowned literature Frankenstein, written in 1818 by Mary Shelley is one of the most influential gothic novels, as well as has inspired many genres of horror films, plays, and stories. In the novel Frankenstein, her characters are unable to recognize the creature as a human rather than a monster due to his frightening image. Mary Shelley’s story displays how society places an immense amount of judgment based off one 's physical features. She suggests that one 's appearance can indicate their inner self-worth due to society’s influence and harsh opinions. When the creature had first came to life, his creator shrieked in horror from his appearance, which made Frankenstein traumatized and resulted in him seeking vengeance. The
It is often said that the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. Even Aristotle said, “The more you know, the more you know you don 't know.”. This can often lead to a yearning for more knowledge and sometimes, can be somebody’s downfall. In this case, it was Victor Frankenstein’s downfall. His love for science and his ever-growing quest to learn about the human body ultimately destroyed him, his family, his wife to be, and his best friend.
Mary Shelly in Frankenstein described a character Victor who is cursed by his own knowledge. Young Victor fascinated by natural forces, learned chemistry and use his knowledge to generate a new life. Even though Victor succeeded in his pursuit, but the implication of his own knowledge brought curse not only to himself but his family and friends too. Victor created a monster who strangled his younger brother William to death, Justin Martinez an innocent Frankenstein family’s made accused of William’s death. An innocent Justin sacrificed her life because of Victor’s creation, and same for Victor’s best friend Henry and fiancé Elizabeth, they also lost their lives. “I seek the everlasting ices of the north, where you will feel the misery of cold and frost, to which I am impassive." That was the end part of Victor’s life, the curse of his creation compromised with Victor’s life. Even scientific innovations highly blessings to humanity if a person uses it wisely, but same knowledge can be a curse and can destroy a human race. For example, Nuclear bombs which destroyed Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan is an example of cursed knowledge. In the Frankenstein, curse generated by knowledge ultimately took the life of an ambitious, knowledgeable scientist, Victor,
Victor Frankenstein suffers from the cost of knowledge by allowing his thirst for the unknown to exceed his limits. In like manner, he pushes his own limits and spends countless nights working to construct his creature even though he is cautioned that only God is capable of creating life. This drive to discover the secrets of life eventually leads to his downfall because of
Previous to the existence of the monster, readers are introduced to an ambitious, benevolent Victor Frankenstein. He exuded an excitement and passion about learning, though only for very specific subjects. “My temper was sometimes violent, and my passions vehement; but by some law in my temperature they were turned not towards childish pursuits but to an eager desire to learn.” (Shelley 19) Though his studies on creating life artificially had eventually grown tiresome—“My cheek had grown pale with study, and my person had
Victor Frankenstein is a perfect example of the consequences of knowledge. Victor sees the most loss and sadness associated with knowledge. He searches for the answers to create life and goes beyond normal human realm to inquire on them; “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance ... or, in it highest sense, the physical secrets of the world” (21). A direct result of his search for knowledge is his burden of the Creature, a hideous monster who eventually becomes evil, cold, and a heartless
In “Frankenstein” the local villagers attack a young wandering soul that has been abandon and left to learn of life without the love or care of a parent or protector. The support or opposition of the villagers’ actions are what leads the reader to create their vision of the theme. Many question what the intentional theme is for the story and how the theme that one sees is used to describe oneself. Some will say that what the villagers did was fine because of the soul’s appearance as ugly monster. They may also say that the theme supports the use of harsh judgement due to fear and ignorance and how it is acceptable and can have no tangible repercussions. My position is that this is not the theme of “Frankenstein” and that the theme is that dire consequences occur when we harshly judge by our own ignorance.
heavily pursue knowledge and create his monster, clearly showing that the path that he embarked
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein criticizes the human quest for knowledge through science and it highlights the moral implications of such undertakings. By following the story of the “mad scientist”, Victor Frankenstein, we see how a man’s ambition can be his downfall. However, Shelley notes that although it is dangerous to partake in immoral science, this curiosity to know more about the world around us and who we are is human instinct. This essay will consider Hindle’s premise that Frankenstein is a criticism of the “lofty ambition of man”.
As a society we all seek answers to how God did it or question how we all got here, in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein the key theme is the thirst for knowledge. Throughout the novel there are three prominent characters that seek for the understanding of life, including Victor Frankenstein, the creature, and Walton.
Knowledge has the capability to be used for both good and evil. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, there is a consistent message throughout the novel showing the dangerous and destructive power that knowledge can have. Two key characters, Victor Frankenstein and his monster, are shaped through their obsessions with knowledge and the power and responsibility that it brings. Ultimately, Victor’s downfall is a result of his uncontrollable thirst for knowledge, and is brought about through the monster which is the embodiment of his obsession.
Frankenstein’s mother, a character who’s non-existent for most of the novel, plays a big part of Victor’s ultimate demise. Soon after her death, Victor felt as though he could 've done more as if he could 've saved her. The absence of his mother drove Victor to invest into his interests and go to Ingolstadt. While at Ingolstadt, Victor became interested in the studies of science. “But this state of mind had place only in the first steps towards knowledge: the more fully I entered into the science, the more exclusively I pursued it for its own sake.” (30). Victor becomes enamored with science and ideas that come with the subject. Victor wants to unlock all of the knowledge that science brings for the sake of his own enrichment. This leads Victor to become obsessed with the idea of creating life and soon finds a way to do so. “ It was with these feelings that I began the creation of a human being.”(33). His drive to create a human being circulates around the idea that he wants to preserve life and keep loved ones alive. On the night of the creatures creation, Victor was at a loss for words. “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?” (35). Catastrophe? This is everything that Victor Frankenstein wanted and more. He created life, he beat death, but was that worth the monstrosity that he created? Victor did nothing but question his belief and sacrifices he made. “I had
The novel Frankenstein identifies Victor's desire to gain knowledge as misusing it. The misuse of knowlege he gains is trying to create life. Victor should not interefere with nature. Creating life from Victor leads to a tragedy, due to the abomination le let choose on the world. Interefering with nature always tries to create balance, in this case Victor's creation led to the fall of lis family. Victor's knowledge was dangerous because the outcome led to mejor destructions.
He would eventually meet Henry Clerval, his long and closest companion. This reunion of the two friends seemed to look as if there was still hope for Victor and his life. As this would lead to the reconnecting of Victor’s life. He would reconnect with his father and begin to start a relationship with his adopted sister. Nonetheless, all good thing must eventually come to an end. While Victor was reconnecting with his family and finally getting his life together; the monster was out in the world. Hiding in the shadows the monster would learn knowledge. He learns to comprehend the government, religion, behavior. He even experiences emotion as he cries over the cruelty humans have towards one another. Through these learnings, he also learned the satisfaction of killing. “Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind when it has once seized on it like a lichen on the rock. I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling, but I learned that there was but one means to overcome the sensation of pain, and that was death” (Shelley 142). This understanding of killing would lead to the destruction of Victor Frankenstein. As the monster vows to get his revenge on Victor by taking away everything that he had ever cared about or love. As the monster, would kill accidentally kill William Frankenstein for mocking his ugliness. Doing so would frame Justine but not before leaving clues to his creator. Later the monster kills Henry; and finally he murders Elizabeth on the day of Victor and Elizabeth’s wedding successfully taking everything from Victor that he had ever loved. These events reveal’s Mary Shelley’s ideas of how dangerous and powerful knowledge can