Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein; The Modern Prometheus, is a novel of astounding acclaim. The underlying message can not be found, simply by turning the pages. Shelley’s true intentions require a deep and in depth analysis of the themes portrayed. Her use of Frankenstein and his creation to display a bigger, broader, and even disturbing picture. The rejection of a proverbial movement.
If you thought that you had daddy issues, then you haven’t read Frankenstein. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, is about a man named Victor Frankenstein, who defies the laws of nature by creating a freaky being made from science. This being, The Creature, grows up around and observes humanity. It’s education consists only from what it encounters, given by nature. Ultimately, The Creature is rejected by humanity, and he reacts by seeking revenge upon Victor, killing his friends, family, and finally Victor.
Starved bodies, corrupt kings, roaring waves of prejudice. These are the times that Shelley and Dunbar lived in. Whereas Shelley has a more optimistic attitude, Dunbar holds a more downtrodden one which is reflected in the different enemies, tones, and endings of the two poems. While both poems are set in trying times, they differ in their antagonists.
Analyzation of the Romantic Concept of Genius in Frankenstein Throughout the Gothic Romantic Fiction novel of Frankenstein written by Mary Bysshe Shelley, the Romantic Conception of Genius plays an important part in not just the novel, but in the way the way it affects the reader. Its interpretation by Shelley allows a major theme to develop: personal freedom and intellectual growth may be robbed when man becomes too dependant on technology. This theme is apparent in the storyline of major characters, and ultimately leads to the conclusion of all three narrators. Frankenstein mentions his realization of his Genius, “ Such were the professor's words —rather let me say such the words of the fate —enounced to destroy me.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein depicts the remarkable resemblance to the “modern” myth of Prometheus. The intertextuality used to connect these two stories, allow Shelley to bring out the most prominent themes of Power and suffering. As both of the characters deal differently with the struggle to resist the power that comes with creating life, the inevitable end for both characters are the same; they fall at the hands of their own creations. Shelley carefully utilizes the legend of Prometheus to express the connection between punishment and creation.
Beauty and ugliness is often used to justify the reaction of others in the novel, Frankenstein; in which the relation between external appearance and internal desires are shown to be related. The theme of how appearance affects judgement is often demonstrated through the characters response to the monster’s physical being. Shelley depicts this situation through Dr. Victor Frankenstein, the Delacey family, and through the monster himself. The use of appearance to determine judgement is shown to be a negative habit. By automatically associating ugliness with evil, and beauty with innocence, society unintentionally develops a negative being in those considered ugly, while at the same creating an illusion of innocence over beautiful individuals.
What make different Mary Shelley as a novelist from other famous writers of fiction of her time is gothic romantic relations which she show in her works. As the new form is believed to be originated the growth of realism, she look into the general point of view, and use romantic motifs and themes which create more rationalist aura of her time, and establish new standards a new “rationalism” in her works to a progressive age. To pasquinade on “inviolable” values of the bourgeoisie the anterior authors of the Gothic such as Walpole, Radcliffe, and Maturin who established a short lasting tradition in fiction, compare in their works longtime conflict between the ancient and the modern, showing obsessive affect of the old against the new. In that
The main theme that is always seen throughout Frankenstein is a Gothic setting. When this setting is being used, Shelley likes to use other literary techniques like pathetic fallacy and foreshadowing. An example is when Victor said ‘It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony.’ Sometimes when Shelley is using these techniques it is normally associated with isolation, bad weather and evil as seen above.
There are many times in life where there is simply nothing one can possibly do about a particular problem and constantly worry about it, causing one to have the mindset of escaping the reality of life. While one may struggle to find the success of facing reality, there is rather a decision that can be made. People tend to think of “romance” when romanticism is brought up, however, love may be a subject of Romantic art. Romanticism is the movement in which arts and literature were used to emphasize inspiration, subjectiveness, and the authority of an individual. In the novel “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley tells a story of a promising young doctor whose name is Victor Walton.
“ Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” -John F. Kennedy. Like JFK, Mary Shelley believes that a person’s fate is caused by a person’s actions. Fate, due to a person’s actions, are suggested all through her book Frankenstein as a theme.
Frankenstein and Ethics Romantics of the nineteenth century believed that when one strays from morality and scientific method the effects are damaging. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein exemplified this belief of science that becomes detrimental when ethical boundaries are crossed. Victor is consumed by guilt as his creation wreaks havoc upon his life and loves. Shelley’s gothic story can be perceived as more than a horrifying tale; it is a direct insight into the consequences of science without any morals.
“...-rather let me say such the words of fate, enounced to destroy me” (Shelley 27). Mary Shelley explored many themes throughout the book. Such as technology and science, love and hate, and light and dark. The one theme that I found significant as I read the book is, the duality of Victor’s personal choice but the effects of fate it will have on him and the people around him. People believe that they have the free will to do as they wish, but their fate is the outcome of their free will.