The actions of an individual defines the boundary between sympathy and wickedness. Their behaviors and thoughts change the plot of the story and character identity. Mary Shelley uses moral ambiguity to overlook the unrealistic nature of her story. In Frankenstein, this concept incorporates itself into Mary Shelley’s characters. Ambiguity invokes an attachment between the figures and readers.
In her work Frankenstein, Mary Shelley discusses and criticizes both scientific issues and moral attitudes of the time. Shelley uses Frankenstein as a platform for taking a side on issues, in part by speculating on what might happen if current boundaries were breached and norms challenged. Scientifically, Shelley takes on the good versus evil debate, giving views from both sides through her characters. Morally, Shelley examines the amount of responsibility one must take for their actions. In addition, Shelley examines the possibility and consequences of “playing God,” a moral and scientific issue.
The novel “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley tells the story of a man named Victor Frankenstein, who decides to go against the laws of nature by bringing to life a being constructed with decaying body parts. Victor believes in natural philosophy and science, which leads him to the idea of creating this Creature. Although this novel can be interpreted in many ways, I believe that Mary Shelley is shining a light on the harmful and dangerous impacts that prejudice and assumptions can have on people who are considered different. Shelley may be suggesting that humanity is the true 'monster ' due to its socialized ideologies that make ambition, self-greed and rage fulfilling. Even to this day society is known to shun those who we do not see as equals.
Neglecting the responsibility of one’s own possession leads to a blamable consequence. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, proves that Victor’s actions and choices make him blamable for causing all the tragic accidents. However, his failure to take responsibility as the owner starts all the disaster in the novel. His poor treatment, negative dictions, and rude behavior towards his own creation leads to his blame for affecting people around him.
In Mary Shelley’s articulate novel Frankenstein, the main character, Victor Frankenstein, experienced a substantial amount of change after the creation of his creature. Subsequent to the death of his wife, Elizabeth, Frankenstein faced a depressing turn, “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” The death of his spouse was so overwhelming to Frankenstein that he became emotionally distraught. People have to go through changes all the time, and the ability to adjust to change is just another rite of passage through life. I too, have succumbed to the impact of unexpected change.
Ethics are emplaced in us as adolescences. Ethics are a set of moral principles a person lives by. Ethics can be set by the environment around a person. Things can factor in such as their family, culture, and friends etc. Everybody has their different opinions of what ethic codes that are most important for one to follow.
Margaret brought her stretching to an abrupt pause, upon becoming aware of another’s presence, as both of her hands were held at high noon. She slowly turned her head in a seemingly fearful manner, as if she was in anticipation of another’s arrival, while simultaneously and slowly lowering her arms to their original clasped position about her kneecaps. I cautiously, yet satirically, raised my hands so that they were level with my chest, where my palms flashed towards Margaret, to grant her acknowledgement of who I was and to let her know that I didn’t mean any harm, almost as if she was some sort of feral creature. She released a deep sigh upon registering whom I was, of which I returned with subtle laughter, as I continued towards her before
Morality is the distinction between right and wrong while ethics is the knowledge that guide one’s behavior. In the nineteenth century, social status, religion, and appearance were the main focuses of the time. In discussing these three things, one must question the moral and ethical ideals. In doing so, Mary Shelley implicates the idea of society affecting the nurturing of one’s nature in her gothic novel, Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein is nurtured by his parents to interact with only pleasant and self-promoting individuals and possessions.
A person’s point of view is very important. No one views things the same. Which is why one person’s view maybe more significant than another. In the story Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, his point of view is very unique. From looking at this point of view we can travel into someone’s thoughts and understand what makes them tick.
When writing the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley used many of her own struggles and experiences to develop the gothic story. However her own encounters with motherhood and pregnancy, as well as the different overwhelming emotions that result from it are strongly represented in the story. Along with this she explores the similar situations that result from child birth or the lack of it, such as abortion, post pardon depression and the effects that these have on the offspring. She then emphasizes these concepts by changing the gender of the protagonist, creating elements of feminism in a different way.