When one thinks of Frankenstein, they think of a terrible monster destroying buildings and murdering people, but the monster is not named Frankenstein. The creator is Victor Frankenstein and the monster does not have a name. The book is called Frankenstein and it is written by Mary Shelley. In the book, Victor Frankenstein is studying and has a passion for science. One day on a stormy night, Victor ambition grew and made the dead come back to life.
When he returned to his family, he was happy and he felt all the emotions and pleasures that failed to exist when he was not with them. He did not realize this however. His passion clouded everything else in his life which drove him into the first steps of the loneliness that led him to make the mistakes he did. After the monster was created and Victor had fled to outrun his problems, the monster drove Victor’s sense of loneliness to new heights. Victor felt he had no one to turn to because he did not want to tell anyone what he had created.
“Believe me, Frankenstein: I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone?” (Shelley 103) The monster once was happy, but he had no parent figure to guide him. Also, Victor does not give his creation a chance at a loving relationship. The monster is left with no figure to guide him in life so he goes off on his own. “You my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow yellow-creatures, who owe me nothing? They spurn and hate me.
The choice of making or not making the second monster plays heavily on Frankenstein’s mind, and that could be a possible reason of his brief insanity. Even though Victor began his work supposedly for the good of man, his experiment did end hurting himself and his
The monster in and of itself is more human than Frankenstein because of his mentality. Victor Frankenstein’s mind is completely focused on himself which is symbolic of his lack of morals. This mentality stays with Victor throughout the entire novel from him ignoring his family while he is creating the monster to him assuming the monster will attack him which causes Elizabeth’s death. Frankenstein is completely obsessed with science and cares little for anything else, “In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you and there is nothing more to know: but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery” (Shelley 30). Here Frankenstein’s hunger for knowledge trues him into an animal, voraciously searching for answers.
Mary Shelley wants to emphasize her position on isolation and selfishness throughout the novel, Frankenstein. She does this by adding one key scene that portrays Victor Frankenstein’s isolation and selfishness, which is the creation scene. In this scene, Victor Frankenstein went off to school after his mother’s death. He left his family to pursue his passion in science. After he discovered the secrets to life an death, Victor wanted to create a new superior species.
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, shows how a character who is portrayed as a tragic hero, in the beginning, can become the monster in the end. Victor and the Monster in Mary Shelley’s captivating novel showed how rival enemies share striking similarities. The similarities between the two tragic characters are driven by their dreary isolation from the secluded world. A large difference is that they were both raised in two completely different environments but understood the meaning of isolation. Physical differences are more noticeable rather than their personalities.
Before committing to becoming a true killer, he attempts one last time to solve his desire for companionship, and seeks out Victor. When Victor eventually betrays him, the only person who would consider being nice to him, the monster finally snaps. Shelley was able to use her novel as a way to successfully point out what she saw as flaws or potential issues in the society of her time. She uses the scientific genre to provide a warning of things to come, and shows how feels common ideas about creation and morals are flawed with the monster’s interactions with humans around
Frankenstein wants to explore knowledge further, but his professor shares his doubts about whether Frankenstein could deliver results or not. Victor could only think about, “one thought, one conception, one purpose. So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (33). Shelley uses visual imagery to depict Frankenstein’s future. Frankenstein claims he will “pioneer a new way,” and discover “the deepest mysteries of creation.” By this he means he will “unfold” the truth about creating life from death.
Marry Shelley’s novel Frankenstein raises many critical humanities questions like the question,” What does it mean to be human?” along with many others. It also highlights individual responsibilities along with societies and how important it is socializing with others. In the novel, Victor Frankenstein, our protagonist creates a creature but as soon as this creature comes to life like he wanted it to, Victor gets scared and rejects it. This will not be the only time the creature experiences rejection; every time the creature tires to approach people to form a bond, people refuse to talk to him or start being violent towards him with the expectation of a blind man and Robert Walton. This blind man cannot judge the creature by its looks and is not frighten by him until his son
This is reinforced by the rhetorical question that serves to convince Walton that the Monster hated having to turn to violence. In both situations, a friendly and accepting hand could have led both monsters to happiness and kindness, but the lack thereof sparked the violence. Grendel and the Monster from their respective works, Gardner’s Grendel and Shelley’s Frankenstein, find themselves with no companionship, nobody to share in their joys or sorrows, which leads to violence being taken out on those who rejected them; if those victims had initially accepted and loved Grendel and the Monster, this would not have