As Frank Herbert once said: “ Too much knowledge never makes for simple decisions.” This reigns true not only in Frankenstein, But also in everyday life. Coincidentally, learning too much can bring misery and dangers into your life. We can see this in scientists, like Victor, they learn too much knowledge and become mad, crazy, hurtful people. Knowledge like most things is good in moderation, when knowing too much, we become people who are darker and more wretched than our original
Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the reader finds many examples of the importance, need, and especially lack of responsibility with characters like Victor and the monster. A reader of Frankenstein sees multifarious examples of Shelley’s theme of the dangers in not taking responsibility even today in the real world. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Shelley’s portrayal of Victor as selfish suggests that not taking responsibility can lead to pain, death, and the suffering of others as we see in the novel which relates to today's society of powerful countries not taking responsibility for the weapons that they create, and the damage that is revealed as a result. Characters in Frankenstein not taking responsibility show the reader the potential dangers of pain and death in numerous situations in the novel.
He made a lot of mistakes based on arrogance. I don’t admire him at all for his courage nor his noble ideas. Really, I think he was just plain crazy,” shows that Shaun believes Chris had no common sense in his doing for leaving society for the wild. I agree with Callarman’s position of thinking “ he had no common sense” and that he was “bright and Ignorant” because Chris thinks he did not have much to offer in his society, ditched all his possessions to take a trip into the Alaskan Wilderness and did not have much common sense or survival skills. Chris McCandless was very courageous for ditching all his possessions to take a trip in the wilderness.
In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the main character Victor tends to show flickers of his own monster in his personality, leading the reader to believe they are one in the same. Victor may not outwardly portray his monster but his emotions and desires line up with that of the monsters actions. The anger Victor and the monster share brought about by society are traits of this deep emotional bond they have. A literary doppelganger best describes the two being, meaning a Victor's monster is another version of himself. The Creature is Victor's inner most emotions, those that are often hidden due to society's expectations; this madness is brought to the surface through the monster.
Monsters and Narrative : The construction of the fears from within the text in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Gothic literature, more often than not, deals with monsters. The monster is a representation of the strongest fears and the more hidden desires of the society in which the book is written. In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as in Frankenstein, this fear is also contrasted with the narration of each story. In other words, the fear represented through each monster is exalted with the way each story is narrated. In both stories the monster is a creation of scientific research but each one threatens the world in different ways.
She points out that Frankenstein is our culture 's most penetrating literary analysis of the psychology of modern "scientific" man, of the dangers inherent in scientific research, and of the horrifying but predictable consequences of an uncontrolled technological exploitation of nature and the female. She goes on to describe why the media and the average person in the street have mistakenly addressed the monster as Frankenstein, saying that dividing these two characters is quite impossible. The novel has made a great mark in history and is still widely read. It has influenced other authors as well as transcended into other types of media, and the very idea of Frankenstein 's monster has become almost larger than the novel itself.
Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man” (Shelley 85). In this quote, it can be seen that
(Mary Shelley pg 79). The creature is experiencing something nice for the first time in his life and wants more of this feeling. The De Lacye family is one of the few things that have brought joy to the Creature, but he knows that the way he looks is stopping him from this because the De Lacye family will judge him by the way he looks. “The servants were gone…. I proceeded to execute my plan but my limbs failed me” (Mary Shelley pg 95).
The fictional horror novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is driven by the accentuation of humanity’s flaws. Even at the very mention of her work an archetypal monster fills one’s imagination, coupled with visions of a crazed scientist to boot. Opening her novel with Robert Walton, the conduit of the story, he also serves as a character to parallel the protagonist’s in many ways. As the ‘protagonist’ of the story, Victor Frankenstein, takes on the mantle of the deluded scientist, his nameless creation becomes the embodiment of a truly abandoned child – one left to fend for itself against the harsh reality posed by society. On the other hand, Walton also serves as a foil to Victor – he is not compulsive enough to risk what would be almost
Antigone and Creon both display extremist behavior and act rashly. By depicting the adverse consequences showered on both the heroes Sophocles appeals to the emotions of his audience. Creon’s flaws represent the flaws of the society while Antigone’s passionate family loyalty leads her to a dignified path of destruction. However, Sophocles’ personal admiration towards Antigone’s heroism paralleled with portrayal of the ego-driven Creon persuades the audience to show sympathy towards Antigone. Sophocles’ depiction of his approbation for Antigone’s heroic traits indicates that he was inclined towards the family over the cold dictatorship of the king.
In many novels throughout literature, enemies often share striking similarities. They push and pull at each other to the point where they lead to the each others undoing, yet they share tremendous likeness. In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly Victor Frankenstein and his creature are two sides of one person. Both despise each other, and in doing so they are despising themselves. There is a power struggle between the two adversaries, which leads to both Frankenstein, and his creature ending up alone.
An expectation for an average child to develop is under the condition that the child is shown affection and love. These are key factors in an early childhood because it affects an individual’s mental well-being. The state a child is raised, will further affect their adult life. In the article The “Anatomy of Violence” by Sharon Begley and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, prove a person’s psychological state is the outstanding factor which leads to potential violent actions and the state of nurture a person undergoes in their early years will further influence them mentally in the future.
In the novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley, there are many different themes that one may find. I believe that one of the most important themes in this book is humanization and acceptance. One of the main qualities that us humans have and what separates us from many other species is what connects us to one another our feelings. Most species are fighting everyday just to live, but we live our life through our emotions. We want to be wanted and accepted, have companionship, friendships, and a partner to spend our life with.
Archetypal Character Frankenstein just like many falls under the archetypal horror character. One might compare Frankenstein to other characters like Shere Khan from the Jungle Book and Long John Silver from the movie Treasure Island. So the question stands, how does the creature Frankenstein fit into the archetypal horror character? Mary Shelley more than likely created the creature to fit the archetypal character to separate him from the other characters.
Victor Frankenstein’s Creation and the Role of God The main character in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, who is Victor Frankenstein, is regarded by literary scholars as imitating the role of God through his acts of creation. David Soyka describes Victor Frankenstein’s creation as “[being] much the same way as God create[d] man in [h]is own image” (168). Frankenstein is accused by many as playing God due to, not only, his purposes for the creation, but also his initial reactions to his own creation.