The Role Of Creature In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Over time, the definition of morality has developed through deep consideration by many philosophers. Morality refers to the principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong, or good and bad behaviour, or a particular system of values and principles of conduct. A modern philosopher, Paul Bloom states that ‘humans are born with a hard wired morality: a sense of good and evil is bred in the bone.’ However, many others such as Plato, disagree with this theory as he believes that morals are conditioned, developed and affected by our surroundings. Supporting his notions, the personalities and characteristics of the characters throughout the text, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley support the claim that morals are in fact influenced by others and that Bloom’s quote…show more content…
One of the primary examples that reinforce this ideology is the character of the Creature. He is continuously disregarded and abandoned by everyone, including his own creator, Victor Frankenstein. Due to these conditions, the Creature develops beliefs and portrays actions that support the validity of morals being conditioned by the surrounding influences.
Morals have been a concept that has been developed since many generations ago. Patently, there has been a continuous debate about whether moral judgement is innate or developed by an individual’s experiences. Bloom stating continues with his theories that people are born either good or bad. Many of his quotes support his idea, one being, ‘there is a universal moral core that all humans share. The seed of our understanding of justice, our understanding of right and wrong, are part of our biological nature.’ Whilst this suggests that every human has a similar moral structure, it also enforces the idea that all
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