Instead, the Monster is left to the mercy of whatever environmental situations he comes across. The Monster’s confrontations with others, such as the de Lacy’s, are extremely negative; he begins to form his identity based on their reactions. The Monster’s sense of self is highly impacted by the Nurture aspect. Since he is left to learn life on his own and create a self image, his experiences lead the Monster to become malicious and cruel towards others, especially his creator, Victor. In Nature and Nurture in Early Child Development, Michael Rutter discuses how the interactions one has with others shapes their identity.
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
Seeking to expand his knowledge, the monster discovers that many of the emotions he reads in literature apply to himself. The monster comes to realize that, “[he] applied much personally to [his] own feelings and conditions… [his] person was hideous and [his] stature gigantic” (109). The monster ultimately displays a longing interest in expanding his knowledge, but each time he tries to apply it, he gets turned away because of his appearance. The use of the words “hideous” and “gigantic” ultimately reveals the monster’s self-doubt as his appearance undermines his capability. Mary Shelley’s stance on the idea of feminism results from her desire to prove that reproduction cannot take place without a woman.
In Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” the main theme is the pursuit of unnecessary knowledge. Robert Walton a sailor tried to find the north pole but he heard Victor’s story and he turned the ship around before he ended up like Victor. Frankenstein, however, gained a lot of knowledge and became intellectual enough to know that his creator and the rest of humanity is corrupt. Knowledge is and always will be important but people have to decide what knowledge is beneficial and what knowledge is
In the university whither I was going I must form my own friends and be my own protector” (Shelley 30). Although, Victor received great love and care from his parents, he found himself lost and feeling like he had no one to talk to, which led his drive for knowledge, only make his isolation worse and not caring about those around him. Victor’s isolation started while he was away at college, when he started to make his Creation. While working nonstop on the Creation, Victor isolated himself by not staying in contact with those he cares about. Victor states to Walton, “And the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom I had not seen for so long a time” (Shelley 41).
Society is well-known for pushing those who are outsiders or strange away from society. This is prevalent to the examples in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. The monster who was created by Victor Frankenstein who wanted to be the first to create life was appalled by the sights of the his creation. Frankenstein’s monster is judged based on his appearances and is often ostracized by society, just as anyone in modern day society can be shunned or pushed away due to their looks or how they think. The most outstanding example of ostracism that occurred throughout the novel is based on the monster’s physical features and structure.
Even from the moment he was created, The Monster gave people quite a fright with his grotesque, disfigured build. In this instance it would be The Monster’s creator, Victor Frankenstein. After the excitement and awe of having created a lifeform wore off, fear and perturbation quickly took their place. “Now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created , I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to
In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the main topic that is conveyed is the topic of the quick advancement of technology and the desire for knowledge. Shelley prepares readers to be aware of the advancement of technology, where technology might overcome those who create it and desire to become too knowledgeable for their own good. The natural advancement of technology, when tampered with and sped up without caution, can prove to be dangerous. The creation of the “monster” in Frankenstein is a good example of this, and Mary Shelley uses this situation to “explore some of the pressing moral questions that surrounded science and scientists at the time Frankenstein was written.” Victor Frankenstein was obsessed with gaining more knowledge,
In Mary Shelley's “Frankenstein” the creation of Victor Frankenstein stays on the fringe of what it means to be a monster. He is an enigma, and we are unable to comprehend him. He fits all the components of what it means to be a monster, as laid out in “Monster Culture” by Jeffrey Cohen, while simultaneously breaking them. The being takes these boundaries and weaves throughout them, unable to be fully put into a particular schema. While parts of him can be put into these mental filing cabinets, no preconceived notion of what it is to be a monster fits Victor Frankenstein's creation.
Victor Frankenstein's passion for science expands the boundaries of his modern science to create life from essentially nothing. Frankenstein tells the captain the story of how he came to be found in the icy waters by the ship's crew; "So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; tread in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation" (3.4). There are always unintentional consequences that negatively affect society when boundaries are crossed; with modern science, scientists do their best to map out contingency plans to deal with successes and failures, including what to do with a synthetic material that doesn't meet the guidelines established for it. With genetic engineering, some of the negative consequences that must be dealt with include legally protecting the patents awarded for testing DNA and creating synthetic materials. There are currently several studies being completed to determine the impact of genetic diagnostic testing practices and the associated licensing practices.