Frankenstein appears to genuinely care for someone besides himself without weighing where it is beneficial for himself or not, which is the first time that he has done so in the novel. However, like all good things that Frankenstein tries to do, ego ruins it. Frankenstein, in his last words, tries to convince Walton to continue the dangerous quest to the North Pole; "You [are] hereafter to be hailed as the benefactors of your species" 197. Ego takes control of Frankenstein's mind for a final time. Frankenstein reverts back to the way he thought at the beginning of his story when he thought that creating the Monster would make him the creator and master of a new species.
Like Prometheus, Frankenstein builds his own own original creature. Though Prometheus makes many humans and Victor only makes one, their similar acts of inventing life provide an obvious connection between the two. In an article from BritLit by Samantha Elmendorf, she states the origin of Shelley’s titling, “The subtitle functions as an appositive to the primary title; Shelley likens Frankenstein to the classical father of mankind. The most obvious correlation is that both figures forms a living being out of lifeless material.” This describes part of the reasoning behind the title, as Shelley sees her character bringing a being to life just as Prometheus
Through his scientific studies and experiments, Frankenstein decides to attempt to restore a lifeless body to animation. He succeeds in this, but once he brings the body to life he looks into the eyes of his creation and immediately deems the creature a monster. The monster initially has childlike characteristics, and wants to be loved by his creator. However, Frankenstein does not see this and his judgement is clouded by the appearance of his creation. Frankenstein addresses the importance of human relationships in people 's lives through the development of Frankenstein and the Monster.
He had betrayed frankenstein in the part that the monster had turned evil and wanted something back in return for all the pain and suffering the monster has had. He was really hoping that making the monster would help more discoveries. He is an innocent being called a villain.”Frankenstein I’m astounded. This is the greatest discovery of the age! A wonderful piece of work!”.
In other words, the light of science in Frankenstein is creation. Furthermore, Victor Frankenstein pursued his scientific abilities too far and suffered the consequences of life. Light begins as a symbol with the letters at the beginning of Frankenstein. Walton writes letters to his sister informing her that he is on his way to eternal light. As his letters continue, the light is described in detail.
Some could say Victor got punished from intermixing nature and science, but we have to look through Victor’s perspective. Victor Frankenstein was just a man who loved science and it was his passion. Everyone has a passion and science was his. Sometimes our passions can make us do things we know we should not do. Victor did exactly that by going too far with his passion making the Creature.
Is Victor the Ruling God? One does not simply “play God” in this world, that role is more than just a dress up and act thing. Many people say that Victor in the novel Frankenstein tries to “play God” which is absolutely true. As the novel progresses the characteristics of the creator “playing God” become more obvious to the eye of the reader. Victor “plays the Lord” when he creates the creature, when he decides what to do with the orders of the creature, and when the monster creates the connection when reading the book Paradise Lost.
Foreshadowing on pages 45 - 46. The foreshadowing that starts on page 45 shows how Victor Frankenstein has a passion for natural philosophy, this plays a big role on the coming future of his life. Victor state's “Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate; I desire, therefore, in this narration to state those facts which lead to my predilection for that science”. It helps to reflect on why natural philosophy has such a great impact on his life and why it controls his fate. The suspense is also created since he finds a liking in Cornelius Agrippa and how a beam of joy seemed to dawn upon his mind when he reads Cornelius Agrippa’s work.
Throughout Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a great comparison is shown between Victor Frankenstein, the main character, and Prometheus, one of Greek mythology’s greatest Gods. Shelley borrows from the tale of Prometheus a consequence resulting from searching for a great source of enlightenment and power. In creating a being and giving it life, Frankenstein seems to take on the remarkable role of God which leads him to thinking that a power that is so heavenly cannot be played with by mankind. During his quest to expand his creative knowledge, abilities, drive, and ambition to know the origin of life, he puts himself in conflict. Frankenstein gambled his way into the godly realm without realizing he committed a sin by creating the monster, and
“One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought.” A quote from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This quote embodies one of the central themes of the story. When does science become unethical? Should scientist bare the responsibility or burden of their creations or discoveries. In Frankenstein, Victor the main protagonist creates a monster who begins to haunt his everyday life.