Victors isolation corrupted his mind into thinking that the only path left to take was to hunt down his creation until it ended in his own or the creature’s death. This decision would not have had to be made if he still had the ones around him he loved, but his selfish actions ended their lives along with his happiness. While Victor’s journey ended in his death, the Mariner is burdened “with a woeful agony / which forced [him] to begin [his] tale” (Coleridge 14). Although the Mariner’s story did not end with his own, he carries with him a pain that he cannot escape unless he tells his story. This is the effect of the seclusion he had to endure and does not want anyone to meet the same fate that he experienced.
Sacrificing. Suffering. Despising. The novel Frankenstein by Marie Shelly tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque creature in an experiment trying to invent life of his own. Victor regrets his action so turns the creature lose to the world and closes himself in his abysm of thoughts.
Elizabeth C. Denlinger, a researcher of British Romantic Literature says, “We all know what Frankenstein’s monster looks like: he looks like Boris Karloff. But, at one time, he looked like a Roman senator — and, another time, like a weird clown” (Denlinger). Even though nobody knows specifically how Mary Shelley intended the creature to look like, all descriptions of the creature have one thing in common: he was horrendous and not a pretty sight to see; a complete opposite of God’s human creation. Frankenstein’s monomania for more scientific knowledge is what caused his misfortune. He wanted to explore more.
In fact, Frankenstein’s god complex appears in the wretch when the wretch refers to speech as “a godlike science, and I [the wretch] ardently desired to become acquainted with it” (Shelley #). In Attridge’s essay, he opines “I am in a way other to myself” (Attridge 25); therefore, it is possible to view the Wretch as the shadow of Frankenstein or the suffering inside of Frankenstein. Towards the end of the novel, Walton rebukes the Wretch for killing Frankenstein, which causes the Wretch to implore “Do you think that I was then dead to agony and remorse?” The Wretch isn’t “other” to the rest of humanity; he shares Frankenstein’s same feelings of regret for his
They want someone who is able to empathise and understand them. The isolation that Walton experiences is caused by his devotion to his expedition. He desires to “tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man” (1). This alienates him from society because he is searching a place that has no inhabitants. Unlike the creature, Walton does find the “admirable being” (157) in Victor Frankenstein.
He left his family behind to cope and grieve in such a sensitive time. The next selfish action portrayed in the creation scene was when he left his creature all alone. Rather than help the creature develop his senses or understanding of the world, Victor runs off in fear of his own creation. This will lead to many consequences later in the novel. In conclusion, the creation scene signifies Victor’s isolation and selfishness.
What Mary Shelley shows through Victor’s statement is that in her time period, men were moving away from the romantic side of life into the unknown. Scientists were delving into topics that weren’t ever discovered. Victor was already beginning to explore the unknown world in which was left for only the heavens to know. Victor’s father advises him that natural philosophy was a waste of time but the night that Victor saw the
The scientist Victor Frankenstein calls his creation a “wretch” and assumes that it is evil solely based on it's appearance. Shelley chose to write her novel to criticize and comment on human nature’s form of judgment. In order to accomplish her writing purpose she shares Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation's existence through imagery and foreshadowing. Shelley shared Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation
Isolation from society does not teach social interaction, causes regret about oneself, provides one with negative feelings, and causes regretful actions. Frankenstein's description of the creature present him as disgusting and horrifying. The description of the creature makes him feel as if he is unwanted, his father rejected him, so he became an outsider and was isolated from the rest of society, since he believes no one cares for him. In society nowadays, there is a large fear of social interaction due to the overprotection of parents. For example, psychiatrists are concerned with child development patterns of adolescents who were overprotected during their childhood and do not know how to properly interact with
Frankenstein claims he will “pioneer a new way,” and discover “the deepest mysteries of creation.” By this he means he will “unfold” the truth about creating life from death. The desire for the knowledge consumed him, allowing him to only think about “one thought, one conception, one purpose.” The dangers of desire are examined after he has created the monster. Victor has just finished the monster and realizes the gravity of the situation. He diminished his “health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (42).