In the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly , the creature undergoes specific events that shape his personality. The creature shows aspects of being a human being and has goals he wants to achieve such as finding a companion and hopefully stopping the horrible deeds he has been doing. Throughout events , the way society looks at him shaped his opinion on himself affecting his future actions such as murdering William and causing the death of Justine. In the book , the creature explains itself of having sensations of pain mixed with pleasure when someone showed him an act of kindness towards another person . In the book it says , “ He raised her and smiled with such kindness and pleasure , such as I had never before experienced , either from hunger
On March 11th, 1818, a classic novel was created that would remain popular for centuries to come. Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, depicts a story about a man, named Victor Frankenstein, who lost his sanity to create a monster that would ultimately be the cause of his own destruction. Throughout the novel, Shelley uses an extensive list of rhetorical strategies. One underlying strategy that she uses is a motif, or theme. Shelley uses fire as a motif to show the destructive path of Victor and his creation from beginning to the end.
Internal Conflict in Frankenstein Frankenstein. A name that is known around the world. Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, wrote this classic in 1818 when she was 19 years old. Mary Shelley did not anticipate that her book would grow to be this well known. Though she did plan how the book’s motifs and themes would be significant, including internal conflict.
Frankenstein, written and published in 1818 by Mary Shelley, is a well known science fiction novel wherein a scientist creates life through unnatural means. Victor Frankenstein, the story’s protagonist, goes through a series of emotions in his attempts to create life. In isolating himself from the outside world Victor becomes arrogant and ultimately creates a Godlike image of himself. In his attempts to create life from death, Frankenstein isolates himself from the outside world, both physically and mentally.
Duality is shown in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, a gothic tale of a scientist whom looks to advance the life-giving qualities of mother nature. Through this novel, Shelley proves that good and evil in human nature is not always simple to define, and that everyone has both of these qualities within them. The duality of human nature is shown through the characters of Victor Frankenstein and his monster, who are both heroes in the novel while simultaneously displaying anti-hero qualities. Shelley forces the reader to sympathize with them both but also creates gruesome ideas of the two. Frankenstein’s creature places himself in a submissive position when he begs his creator to have mercy on him and asking the creator to “create a female for [him] with whom [he] can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for [his] being.”
The monster is the antagonist in the novel. The monster is not named Frankenstein but was created by Victor Frankenstein in the University of Ingolstadt, assembled by old body parts. The monster is a hideous, grossest, and gigantic creature, that is always suffering from rejection and fear from his creator and society. The monster gains general knowledge through the books he reads and the conversations he hears from the De Lacey's and learns about himself. However, he seeks revenge on his creator for abandoning him, he kills Victor’s younger brother, best friend, a maid, and his fiancee.
In Chapter 15 of Frankenstein, the author compares the monster to Adam (the first man) as well as comparing Victor to God. I believe that Frankenstein is not as much a commentary on the bible, but rather on the nature of man. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley compares the monster and Victor to biblical figures in order to relate that everyone is capable of moral good and evil. As we see in the novel, the monster is much like Adam in that he desires companionship, he is made in the likeness of his creator (a man), and he eventually turns to evil.
“I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health.” (Shelley, ch. 5), Frankenstein says, as he looks at the human life he has created. Obsession of a goal leads to a loss of innocence for Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and Robert Walton, in Mary Shelley’s work of literature Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s obsession with creating human life, had caused him to be successful in the creation of his monster.
The monster’s soul, designed to be human-like, corrupts as his acts of kindness are treated with hate and malice. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the monster causes suffering and harm to others due to the injustice and harm inflicted upon the monster’s well intentioned actions. Since the monster’s creation, he isn’t guided through what is right or wrong, and his appearances prevent him from establishing rapport with other humans. When the monster tells Victor about his first feelings upon being created, he states “I saw, felt, heard, and smelt at the same time; and it was, indeed, a long time before I learned to distinguish between the operations of my various senses” (Shelley 70). The monster is similar to a child since
It is most commonly accepted as a universal truth that the way a child is raised plays a major role in their development from infancy to adolescence. The monster in Shelley’s Frankenstein is no exception. Although born into an adult body, the monster’s development adheres along many stages in the science of childhood development. Despite his grotesque appearance, the monster in Frankenstein has a human persona- a fact that Victor failed to realize upon the monster’s creation. If Dr. Frankenstein had understood the human component of the monster’s personality, the story of Frankenstein would be drastically altered as lives would not have been lost and the monster would not have lived the majority of his life in vengeful isolation.