The Chilling Tale of Education Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was a chilling frame story about a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein that follows his passion to gain knowledge about life and death. He creates a monster, which is never given a name, and while at first he 's extremely proud of his creation it 's soon changes and he grows to hate it and then abandons it. The monster as seen in the novel is left alone and learns everything that he needs in his life on his own from basic survival to language and even learns about his emotions. He learns from an early age that he was not like and brother he was feared other people around him. As the story moves on briefly how he learned through observation and experimentation.
“‘Shall each man,’ cried he, ‘find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn,’” (Shelley, 20.11). Victor denies the monster humanity because he is appalled by his features, and that’s what makes Victor the true monster. He made early judgement on who the monster was before the monster could speak because he was terrifying, and society had made him believe that if it were different it was dangerous. Even when the monster promised to leave society forever if he were only given someone to love, to feel normal, the idea that anything outside their realm of societal norms being allowed to continue existing was just too much for Victor.
Frankenstein 's arrogant and impetuous character comes back to bite him as he hastily demolishes the creatures companion, even with knowing the risk of doing so. The creature was abandoned ever since he was brought to life, and was forced to fend for himself. Not being able to fit in with human society is what provoked him to ask Frankenstein to create a companion for him. Although it took awhile to convince Frankenstein, he reluctantly agreed and began to create a new creature. However, quite abruptly “with a sensation of madness on [his] promise of creating another like to him, and trembling with passion, [he] tore the thing on which [he] was engaged.
Victor suffered from the loss of all his loved ones, which impacted the theme sorrow & loss in the novel. He also loses contact with the social environment, driving him in a pursuit of knowledge that later leads to the monster that causes all of his misery. Both of these aspects add to the themes of guilt & regret plus isolation. Through Victor Frankenstein, many of the overall themes presented were
The common theme portrayed throughout Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is without proper guidance and a stable sense of acceptance one is destined to live a life of despair and resentment towards those who did not accept him. From the very beginning Viktor’s creation was on his own. Viktor felt no attachment to his creation and felt no need to support him. Because of this, Viktor’s monster was on his own and soon found itself confused and quickly overwhelmed by the various new sensations and experiences. The monster encountered struggles from the basics such as the need for food and shelter to the feeling loneliness and disdain from those around him.
In addition, Victor was obsessed with dead bodies and creating a being. Due to this, he was isolated from the society and he started creating his creature. His isolation persisted especially after he created a hideous being that brought destruction and pain to the people. Similarly, just like Victor, the creature lived in isolation because he was left alone by his creator after he created him. The monster never got a chance to experience a mother or fatherly love just like his creator.
From even before the creature’s animation, it would appear that his nature would have him destined for solitude, if not tragedy. Formed from an unorthodox assortment of pieces from the “dissecting-room and the slaughter-house” (Shelley 34), the creature is already an “other”. Despite an abhorrent appearance, when the creature first awakens he is the epitome of a “blank slate”, as he knows nothing, except through what he experiences. Having no understanding of Victor’s initial rejection of him, the Creature, reaches for Victor, just as a newborn searches for the
The themes I discussed link with those most poignant throughout Mary Shelley 's ‘Frankenstein’; and include injustice, morality, fate, and judgment. Themes of injustice are prominent throughout, in more than one way. Legal injustice is explored after Justine is trialed for the murder of Henry, and overall “wretched mockery of justice”, is represented in my story with the ruling on the ethics board, which allowed the main character, who was guilty, to be free. Additionally, social injustice is evident when the monster is beaten by the villagers, which I mirrored in the speech of the ‘creation’ who had only been treated poorly his entire life and only created to “satisfy the selfish needs of man”. The setting of the ethics board encapsulated another common theme of judgment and morality; specifically relating to Frankenstein and his choices on creating the monster, but also in the way that the monster took revenge; leaving the reader to question whether it was right or wrong, much like a decision on an ethics board.
Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein” highlights an interesting fictional scenario where Victor Frankenstein, the supposed doomed protagonist of the story creates an intelligent, but grotesque monster after studying in Ingolstadt and discovering the secret to life. After Victor resurrects the creature from the dead, which is made up of old fashioned body parts, he abandons it. The reason for this is because of the creatures’ monstrosity of an appearance; Frankenstein’s own creation horrifies him when he looks at it. After being disregarded by his so called “father” the Creature is left to face the world with no understanding of it or of himself. Being the eight-foot-tall, hideously ugly creation of Victor Frankenstein the Creature attempts to integrate himself into human social patterns, but all of those that have any kind of interactions with him reject him in
The monster’s anger toward mankind, makes him seek revenge on his creator, Victor Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s novel has a theme of alienation and loneliness. Alienation is something that Victor Frankenstein experiences most of his life. At first he lives with his parents as an only child. Then, when he becomes older and starts his creation his isolates himself from his family and friends.