However, the Romantics saw a hero in Prometheus. A figure who does not give up, and helps mankind, even with the knowledge of having to face consequences. The relationship between the myth and Frankenstein however, is ambivalent. Certainly, just like the myth it can be read as a tale of caution, like Mary Shelley already said in her ‘waking dream’ Frankenstein’s creation would be horrifying because “supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.” As far as Victor Frankenstein is regarded, he certainly is punished for his actions, he witnesses the murder of his family and friends, which shortly after is followed by his own tragic death. The mentioned ambivalent relation, is for example put into play when Frankenstein is read as celebration of ambition and
Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred” (155). Goodness is all lost when the creature, driven by his desire for revenge, kills those dear to Frankenstein, in which the creation believes will therapeutically heal his personal recounting the pain of the mistreatment over the years. Even in the creation’s acts of kindness towards the family, because of the family’s reaction to the creature, this allows Shelly to reinforce that man is both ‘so virtuous and magnificent’, but also ‘vicious and base’.
This is due to the fact that when he gains knowledge, he creates a supernatural being, and this monster kills many of his loved ones. One can also see the destructive impact of knowledge through the perspective of the creature. This is evident in that as he reads books and learns how different he is from humanity, he feels miserable and regrets being created. He becomes melancholic first, then vengeful towards his creator because he leads a cursed existence. He, the offspring of Victor’s knowledge, then destroys Victor’s life.
With this in mind, isolation and companionship is a very important motif in the story of Frankenstein. Shelley utilizes this theme, in correspondence with the knowledge and ignorance motif, throughout the entire novel which emphasizes the importance of a companion. In the novel whenever a companion is involved there are no problems, until isolation occurs. Hence why when Victor left his creation isolated it resulted in the murders of his loved ones. To clarify, Victor's creation went down a dark path of destruction, even though he learned the difference between right and wrong on his own.
For people without these special individuals they search vigorously to obtain them. In Frankenstein, the monster looks at the cottagers as his protectors and friends, even though they did not know of his existence. The feelings The Monster felt were clearly expressed in this passage which says “ I looked upon them as superior beings… I formed in my imagination… pictures of presenting myself… I imagined that they would be be disgusted, until, by my gentle demeanour… I should win their favour and afterwards their love” (Shelley, 103). This text exemplifies the fact that although the family does not acknowledge the Monster, he still looks up to them and hopes that one day they will become acquainted. The novel Misery shares resemblance in their situations.
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (A Modern Prometheus ) suffering a period of isolation has the ability to terminate one's happiness , resulting in the negative consequences . To begin ; Victor Frankenstein held a happy disposition in his love of science , but after the creation of his monster he finds himself utterly disgusted with what he's crafted . This disgust and the actions of the monster lead him to continually lock himself away-resulting in his pleasant demeanor converting to behavior of depressed mania . Another character who falls into this pattern of behavior is that of Alphonse Frankenstein . Alphonse has a close and loving relationship with his family , yet as they are taken from him by way of the creatures murder , he is slowly
Rejected and isolated from the rest of the world. While Frankenstein has his family and friend taken away from him by the Monster. However badly the Creature behaves he is not totally at fault for his actions. When the Creature commits his crimes, he is driven by a sense of emotion and justice.”He lives in the moment and acts upon his festering rage. I commit
These outward acts of rage seem to be motivated by his anger towards Victor, for exiling and hating him. When he finally does confront Victor about this, he says “You, my creator, would tear me to pieces and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?” (Shelley,
The monster hope is to have a friend and not to be judge by his appearance. He wants to be able to be happy and live in peace, so if victor made him, he can make another one. Given these points, Frankenstein provides an ideal escape for ambition. The desire causes many feelings for the characters and they do outrageous things to achieve it. The examples are Victor studying, which causes him to become blind and create the monster, Walton wants a friend to express himself, and the monster also wants a friend and wants to fit in without being judged for his appearance.
In the novel Frankenstein, the monster created by Frankenstein shows some human qualities. Some qualities that make people human are reason, pain, anger, sadness, growth, and ultimately being made by God; the monster expresses the human qualities of pain, anger, sadness, and reason, but he does not have the quality of being made by God, and growth. One of the first qualities that the monster exhibits is reason. When the monster is sharing his story with Frankenstein, he explains how he discovered the rules of fire by saying, “ I quickly collected some branches; but they were wet, and would not burn. I was pained at this, and sat still watching the operation of the fire.
The gothic fiction novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley describes “what happens when a man tries to have a baby without a woman” (Mellor). In the novel, females are shown with vital feminine nurture and empathy. However, the monster is denied this nurture due to man’s lack of femininity. This absence of nurture leads to the monster’s violence and vengeance. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley employs the monster’s violent tendencies due to lack of nurture as a way to communicate the importance of feminine nurture in humanity.