Frankenstein’s desire to possess forbidden knowledge lessened the pain he felt after his mother’s death. His uncontrollable grief contributed to the frantic rush in which Frankenstein created his monster, leaving it hideously mismatched and enormous. “Many of Frankenstein’s faults are evident in the appearance of his creation” (Creator’s). Frankenstein built Creature using dead and decaying body parts that added horror to the already terrifying size of the monster, easily allowing judgement of Creature’s character just based on his outward appearance. Creature’s looks inhibited his capability of fitting into society despite his civilized manner.
This effect of the double edged sword has been a constant issue that we as humans have had to face but in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this issue affects Victor and the monster. Victor is a man that wants to be a jack of all trades but his main focus is on alchemy and creating life. His thirst for knowledge leads him to create the monster which he hates with all his heart. This leads the monster to learn everything by himself. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the use of science, technology and knowledge is a double edged sword due to the constant conflict between the Creature and Victor.
Without anyone to guide him and help him learn from more than just literature, the monster was forced to learn the hard way. The downfall of the monster started when he fell in love with the De-Lacey family. Loving this family, though it taught him something valuable, caused him to turn into an actual monster. Confronting them and being rejected affected the monster worse than a normal man, as he now completely understood what his place in society was. Unfortunately, this made the monster result to revenge and decide to use his corruption to hurt his creator.
The monster describes his first experience as being "endowed with perceptions and passions and then cast abroad for the scorn and horror of mankind" (Shelley 119). This is describing the monster's first awakening in which he knew nothing. Upon coming to life, the monster yearns to learn, feel, and communicate with others just like any other human would, but he was cast aside by Frankenstein to fend for himself. This use of diction
Then there is victor Frankenstein who is plagued by the secrets he keeps and therefore leads a joyless life. Mary Shelley 's timeless story seeks to help readers beware of alleviating loneliness through valuing others, and she warns readers that living a life of secrecy drains the joy out of life. The human condition of loneliness triggered many of the events in this book. This creature that Victor Frankenstein forged from cadavers was immediately abandoned. Right after Victor created this innocent monster, he fled from him out of fear.
As you read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein you may come to realize that the main theme is “acquirement of knowledge”. This theme can be hard to understand because “acquirement” alone means to gain, so putting that with the word “knowledge” means to “ gain knowledge”. You might think “ How can I gain knowledge from Frankenstein?” That not what I am talking about. In the book the monster uses the knowledge from all the people he has encountered. Examples would be; he watches the family and learns from their behavior.He learns from his own behavior,he can make himself feel good if he kills.
When you’re obsessed, your mind is so hell-bent on making sh*t happen that it doesn’t matter what gets in your way: You’re going to make it work. That is the power of obsession (Anne Dorko). Having an obsession can be thought to be a negative thing, but as Anne Dorko explained, it can be a useful instrument to fulfill what we want. Victor Frankenstein and the monster both used their obsession as their instrument. Victor wanted to create life and the monster wanted to learn everything from humans to be accepted by society.
The Similarities between the monster and Victor In the book Frankenstein wrote by Mary Shelley Victor creates the monster in hopes that he could make new life. He believes that he could make life out of death and he tries to prove that with his creation. In her book Victor, the creator and the Monster, the creation has a lot of similarities and a lot of differences. In this story you see how the Monster grows in his learning abilities and how Victors creation is not such a good thing. As the story goes on Victor and the Monster become more similar.
“Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred” (140). Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, follows the adventures of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who desires to unearth the hidden mysteries that lie in the grey area between life and death, and the consequence of his lust- a lonely monster. Shelley eloquently depicts the destructive effects of loneliness in her novel through the use of Romantic descriptions and multiple narrations and proves thus: Isolation breeds conflicts within man’s moral responsibilities. Being secluded from society results in an obsession for power, a development of a corrupt demeanor, and lastly, a need to impose vengeance. Isolation provokes man to develop
Frankenstein In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a conflict as old as life itself emerges as the story progresses; parent versus posterity in a struggle for reconciliation.Victor Frankenstein and his creation become tied up in a constant battle as the creation seeks his origins, finding a horrifying truth; the creator had abandoned the creation. This central conflict derives from the creation of the creature, inability of Frankenstein to appreciate his creation, and the creation’s need for a parental figure. The conflict addresses themes of the book such as human desires for prestige, acceptance, and the intimacy of a relationship with one’s creator. Not only does Shelley capture the resentful conflict between a father and his “son”, but she derives this conflict from her own rebellious battle against her father. When adolescent Victor tries to discuss his science readings with his father, Alphonse Frankenstein carelessly glances at the title page and exclaims, "My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash" (Shelley 39).