Frankenstein, Dialectical Journal- Chapter 4- The End A theme that was very prevalent in these final chapters was, Creator and Creation, furthermore how the monster and Frankenstein are more alike than they like to think. Both characters had been wronged by the other and made it their missions to destroy each other, losing parts of themselves along the way. “You, who call Frankenstein your friend, seem to have a knowledge of my crimes and his misfortunes.
Frankenstein follows his creation to one of the most symbolic places on earth in coalition with his heart, The Arctic. He brings himself to his wit’s end on this search for the monster. However, Frankenstein describes how revenge is his driving force when he says, “many times have I stretched my failing limbs upon the sandy plain, and prayed for death. But revenge kept me alive; I dare not die, and leave my adversity in being" (219). Frankenstein’s rage filled hunt for his creation comes to an end when he realizes he will not be able to catch the monster.
The story of Frankenstein and his monster is one of the most famous horror stories of all time. This story has been retold extensively in numerous cinematic productions. However, the original book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, may differ from the tale so many think they know. Shelley tells the story of a man, Frankenstein, who lets his scientific ambition lead him to create something unnatural. However, the creature Frankenstein creates, known commonly as his ‘monster’, is not a mindless being.
Mary Shelley implements the destruction and theme throughout her works through her main characters. The first main character is Victor Frankenstein. We can see that Victor is a very ambitious, intelligent, and intellectual person. But towards the end of the novel, there is a feeling of vengeance that slowly grows itself in the heat of Victor. From wanting to get revenge to going to great lengths to get it, what makes Victor a tragic hero is his fatal flaw.
While it is not always easy to accept the fact that we need to either let someone or something go, it is necessary. The novel, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by Jk Rowling, is the thrilling climax to a much loved 7 book series about The Boy Who Lived and his enemy Voldemort. From this book, we learn while it might not seem fair nor right, sacrifice is an unavoidable part of our lives. This theme becomes present when the werewolf Remus Lupin, and his recently wedded wife, Tonks fought in the final battle at Hogwarts, even though they had a child. They fight to let creatures and wizards alike, have a better chance for life.
Thomas Edison was a very passionate and talented inventor. In his lifetime he created a large amount of inventions. In some cases, the world would be completely different without those inventions, such as the light bulb. Thomas’ inventions changed the world as they knew it then. Edison inspired other inventors and gave them something to build off of.
Other than being prominent in Renaissance daily life, complex scientific ideas within The Divine Comedy captivated and changed the way scientists and mathematicians thought in the Renaissance. Dante incorporated new scientific ideas of the time and “popularized ideas on geometry and astronomy” (Schlager and Lauer, 326). He subtly infused cosmological ideas of Ptolemy and others (Schlager and Lauer, 326). In addition to drawing the attention of literary writers, Dante captivated a scientific audience by including complex science and math alongside meticulous writing. Scientific minds from the Renaissance drew from the complex themes.
In order to further understand the person who is Victor Frankenstein, we will analyze two specific quotes in which he ponders the consequences of creating his monster. The first specific quote that shows Dr. Frankenstein pondering the consequences of his actions is when he states, “but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust fill my heart.” When Victor is initially building his creation, all he thinks of is the great science behind his work. However, he never once thinks of the consequences he may face once his creation becomes a reality.
In the book, Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, the monster that is created could be interpreted many ways, however the monster should really be seen as a hero. In Frankenstein the monster shows it is a hero by, continuing his life after abandonment, finding for acceptance for itself, and to be compassionate to those who may not be compassionate to you. The first example
“Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred” (140). Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, follows the adventures of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who desires to unearth the hidden mysteries that lie in the grey area between life and death, and the consequence of his lust- a lonely monster. Shelley eloquently depicts the destructive effects of loneliness in her novel through the use of Romantic descriptions and multiple narrations and proves thus: Isolation breeds conflicts within man’s moral responsibilities. Being secluded from society results in an obsession for power, a development of a corrupt demeanor, and lastly, a need to impose vengeance.
Frankenstein spent most of his life creating life. It’s ironic that he wasted years of his life creating this thing he would hide from. He wasted his life creating another life. “Victor’s methods finally create life, but not the way he planned- his vision of a race of supermen shatters when he sees the ragtag, angry creature he has created, and he immediately disowns the creature” (Monster or Misunderstood). Victor expected his creation to be this beautiful being that would because somewhat of a hero figure.
The novel Frankenstein and the movie Edward Scissorhands is a mix between monstrosity, sadness, rejection, loneliness, and the want of having someone. I will thematically be comparing and contrasting the novel Frankenstein to the movie Edward Scissorhands. Similar themes between the two are creation and isolation from society. The two monsters are the same in the aspect of being created by man. The two creatures are isolated from society for the first part of their existence.
Basic ambition is not essentially good or bad, but simply is. However, Promethean ambition, which involves a human pretending to be God. Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, significantly open up a sentiment of ideas regarding Promethean ambition. William Shakespeare introduces Macbeth as a combatant hero, who becomes king by altering God’s plan. When Victor Frankenstein is astray in his studies he isolates himself from human society.
Consumed with the idea of creating life, Victor did not think of the effects his actions would create. The creation of Victor’s monster completely changed Victor both mentally and physically. It also changed society because the monster was the reason why specific people were killed. The chain reaction that was started created a whole new world of chaos. The only thing that saved the rest of the world was the fact that Victor kept the secret of life to himself.
1. Victor Frankenstein changes and grows throughout the adapted play by Philip Pullman, of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, because of the conflict that he faces. In the beginning of the story Frankenstein victor is excitable, confident and hopeful. We can see this when he describes his experiment with enthusiasm to Clerval stating “I am so close”. We know that this is in reference to the monster he is creating.