One morally ambiguous character in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein would be the monster Victor Frankenstein created. He is morally ambiguous because of his desire to know more, his constant battles against society and himself as well as his feelings, and his tragic hero personality or his desire to get revenge. These are all the things that reveal the pivotal role the monster plays in this story. It is very hard to decide whether or not the monster is benevolent. One of the key turning point ideas that are exposed to the reader was his desire to know more.
A thirst for knowledge, such as that of Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's classic novel, "Frankenstein", can be consuming and deadly even. When one becomes too attached to the idea of "playing" God, their pursuit of knowledge can become a dangerous affair that drives them to be consumed, negligent of their human needs, and blind to the detrimental consequences of their actions. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” goes on to show that an innocent attempt at seeking knowledge and breaking new grounds can lead to unpredictable dangers and uncontrollable insanity for that matter. In the novel, Dr. Frankenstein develops and interest in the sciences and ultimately creates a goal for himself of creating life. Frankenstein becomes frustrated
This subgenre of Romantic Literature uses emotion as a technique to create metaphorical gender coding. By presenting overflowing emotions as a living or animated experience, characters in a Gothic work are given an additional layer of traits. According to Nicola Trott, the sublime is associated with masculinity by providing massive strength and size that induces terror. Sublimity creates terror through obscurity and uncertainty of potentially, irrationally terrible situations, such as murder or rape.
The gothic literature possesses its own typical features. For instance, the horrible atmosphere, the existence of supernatural, the contradictions of characters, the complicated conflicts of morality and evilness. Chapter 2 The Fundamental Tone of the Gothic Elements in Frankenstein-- The Gothic Aesthetics
Perhaps no book is more of its age than Frankenstein. Written and published in 1816-1818, Frankenstein typifies the most important ideas of the Romantic era, among them the primacy of feelings, the dangers of intellect, dismay over the human capacity to corrupt our natural goodness, the agony of the questing, solitary hero, and the awesome power of the sublime. Its Gothic fascination with the dual nature of humans and with the figurative power of dreams anticipates the end of the nineteenth century and the discovery of the unconscious and the dream life. The story of its creation, which the author herself tells in a "Preface" to the third edition to the book (1831), is equally illuminating about its age. At nineteen, Mary Godwin was living
Throughout the novel, these characters toil with the pursuit of forbidden knowledge by suffering through the ramifications of their decisions to satisfy their desires. The author implies that blind ambition can lead to the downfall of beings who don’t limit their curiosity. These endeavors include determining the secret of life as well as its creation, discovering a passage in the North Pole, and learning to understand one’s place in the world. 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.
Nurture was what supported Victor, allowing him to follow his dreams, but also destroyed Frankenstein’s creation, leading it to a life of violence and
Mary Shelly provides examples throughout the text of the many ways to acquire knowledge and surveys how the characters succeed and fail in their journey for knowledge. The story of Frankenstein shows how someone’s life can be destroyed by their desire for knowledge. This provides a great example of what can happen when people take desires too far, without considering or thinking ahead to the possible consequences of their actions. One may learn a lot from reading this crazy story. One may have to take a moment and ask, if or whenever working in the area of technology, whose interests might one have in mind?
Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein, writes about the accumulation of knowledge in order to solidify one’s position on the earth. This can be seen through the pursuit of knowledge from Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein and Henry Clerval. Each follows his own path to gain further intelligence. The Monster of Frankenstein learns to speak, opposing his situation of abandonment by the human race. As the monster tells Frankenstein of his adventures, the sophistication of his speech continues to increase further into the story they go.
From the point of birth, Man always pursues knowledge, this pursuit is always kept within certain boundaries. In her novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explains how the pursuit of forbidden knowledge can become dangerous through symbolism, allusion, and foreshadowing proving each effectively to the reader. Employing symbolism as her first technique, Shelley uses this in the way many other enlightenment authors do. The strongest use of symbolism is prevalent while Victor is contemplating suicide on the lake near Geneva. Feeling “tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever” (63)
“Too much knowledge is dangerous” we see this statement come true in both frankenstein and Blade Runner, Frankenstein and Blade Runner both have several differences and similarities. Frankenstein was during the 1700’s society was good and the period of enlightenment the beginning of science chemistry, biology etc. Victor creates “Adam” using dead body parts and makes the monster “Adam” look ugly and disgusting. While in the blade runner society is broken in 2019 and it’s the end of science everything is done by genetics and clones/robots exist and the earth is polluted and has become a dystopia there are no jobs and the clones are smart and beautiful. Victor frankenstein becomes obsessed with learning and trying to create life and after a
The Weapon of Knowledge Mary Shelley, in her gothic novel Frankenstein (, conveys that the thirst for knowledge can often be more dangerous than rewarding through her vivid depiction of her characters and plot. Shelley supports her conveyance by first giving thorough descriptions of her characters to show their changes throughout the novel, then eloquently using literary devices such as similes and metaphors to strengthen the tone of the novel, and lastly by dramatically exhibiting the effects of her characters' actions on themselves as well as those around them. Shelley’s purpose is to get the reader thinking about the power and dangers of knowledge while providing a simply entertaining story on the surface. Shelley utilizes a tragic tone
The attainment of knowledge did not improve Victor Frankenstein. He lacks compassion with the Creature right after it was brought to the world. His ignorance and lack of affection, brings the worst in the creature which leads the creature to kill Victor’s loved ones. After abandoning the creature for years, Victors returns back home after being informed about his brother Williams murder. While returning back home, Victor encounters the Creature for the first time after all his avoidance since past couple years.