In her romantic novel, Mary Shelley introduces Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious and young natural philosopher, and calls into question the wisdom of creating a complex being with equally complex feelings. After two years of painstaking work, Frankenstein completes his creation, but is quickly repulsed by it and represses the idea of his imminent return. With the early abandonment of his creator, the creature is left on his own and develops his sense of morality and ethics— his superego—by observing an oblivious family. In Frankenstein, Shelley uses the De Lacey family to characterize the creature and mold his personality from one of compassion to one bent on revenge, leading to a schism between creation and creator.
The commonest used definition of monster is "n. An imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening." In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor's creation is most certainly a monster on the outside, but the true monster on the inside would have to be Victor Frankenstein himself. Victor was very cruel, wicked, and inhuman in the ways he dealt with his problems. If Victor would have been more responsible for his actions, the monster might have not have been as violent.
In the work Frankenstein, Mary Shelley describes how Victor Frankenstein creates life from a dead body and hates his creation. Society rejects and hates the Monster, triggering him to hate Victor and himself for being created. The Monster sets out on a quest for revenge and hatred towards Victor, trying to destroy both Victor’s life and the lives of everyone close to him. The Monster is controlled by anger, which causes pain in both Victor and the Monster’s life. The Monster’s quest for revenge shows the controlling aspects of anger.
The Monster’s Nature “For while I destroyed his hopes, I did not satisfy my own desires. They were forever ardent and craving; I still desired love and fellowship, and I was still spurned. Was there no injustice in this? Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all human kind sinned against me?” (Chapter 24, 240)
“Do we evade the full consequences of our advances: denying the ugly while claiming the beautiful...ignoring the impoverishment while squandering the wealth”(Vargish)? Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein projects an underlying message that the rapid advancements of knowledge and science are truly monstrous. This tale illustrates a man’s dangerous, unbridled thirst for advancing science and researching a new field yet to be discovered; and questions advancements in technology, science, and the nature of humanity. Mary Shelley’s argument is more relevant today than it was during the gothic era. Our culture’s evident addiction to electronics and personal devices is taking away all forms of intuition and initiative.
Vicor created the monster because he was fascinated with life and death. Victor wasn’t aware about the responsibilities he had to take when creating Frankenstein, Frankenstein came to victor wanting a matte desiring happiness. The creator would have to come out sooner or later taking the responsibility of his creation and the lives it took. Victor rejected his creation because it 's horrifying and made by different body parts. If victor would had stayed with the monster the monster could have been just like any other human expect with a deformed body.
Throughout Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, the creature produced by Victor Frankenstein is a blameless, innocent victim. For instance, before bringing the creature to life, Victor skillfully plans out his design according to his uncontrollable imagination and decides to produce a being ¨...eight feet in height and proportionally large¨ (32). Shelly giving specific dimensions about the size of the creature allows us to picture a monstrous being. But, the creature was simply a substantial experiment produced by a flawed, ambitious man with an arduous desire to be more than he could possibly handle. As the creature tries to understand his place in this human world humanity's perception of him solidifies, causing him to embrace his role as
At this point, Victor Frankenstein has started to work on his project to create life from dead. In doing so, he has alienated himself from society. His feelings about his project result in a powerful and destructive creation that is similar to “a hurricane.” He thinks of himself as a Godly figure because he can create life like God.
In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein attempted to create life without truly understanding life’s implications. Throughout Frankenstein’s relentless pursuit of knowledge it becomes painfully apparent that he has become consumed with his task. In becoming consumed he neglects his humanity and many conventional morals. In their place he instead focusing on self-glorification and personal prowess. He blindly and dangerously pursues the knowledge of the creation of life without maintaining the necessary morals to successful complete his research.
7) Discuss how two texts studied have explored the connection between a sense of place and purpose. Our place and purpose are fundamental aspects of who we are as people. Where we fit into the world around us and the role we play in that world are often explored through texts that explore the views of the author or director. Texts sometimes show how even with a well established sense of place, our purpose can be unintentionally lost and through our interactions with society, can be altered.
Victor Frankenstein’s Creation and the Role of God The main character in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, who is Victor Frankenstein, is regarded by literary scholars as imitating the role of God through his acts of creation. David Soyka describes Victor Frankenstein’s creation as “[being] much the same way as God create[d] man in [h]is own image” (168). Frankenstein is accused by many as playing God due to, not only, his purposes for the creation, but also his initial reactions to his own creation.