is searching for him and that he is going to have to encounter him at
This is why the romantic narrative was so crucial, so that it seemed like what people were reading was more realistic and therefore more relatable and having more meaning. Mary Shelley took this basis of romantic literature and evolved it, by creating various points of view, creating an intricate piece of literature that expresses the theme of monstrosity. Victor Frankenstein isn’t necessarily the primary narrator of the novel, he is relating his endeavor to Robert Walton before dying. The multiple narrators gives multiple perspectives, which in turn leaves the reader with different interpretations of the character Frankenstein, because each narrative holds information only known by them. Through Victor’s narration he explains the creation of the monster. Victor can be viewed as an obsessive scientist, that transgresses boundaries that should not be crossed or a brave man that fascination with science pushes his limits, and not to be held responsible for the consequences his creation may bring. The obsessive Frankenstein isolates himself from his family, friends, and any part of the outside world to create a non-living creature. The first
As he arrives home he finds out that an innocent girl named Justine Moritz has been accused, tried and executed for the murder. Victor knowing who the real murderer feels guilty. Hoping to forget everything he takes a vacation to the mountains. While sightseeing at a nearby glacier, the monster approaches him and Victor immediately begins to accuse him of the murder. Feeling lonely and shunned the monster wanted to get back at his cruel creator. “I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me, but one as deformed as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same defects. This being you must create.”(Frankenstein). With the monster demanding a companion, Victor refuses not wanting to create another monstrosity, but being eloquent and persuasive the monster convinces Victor to create him a companion. Victor heading back to try to repeat his first success isolates himself in an island located in the
In conclusion, appearances are not always a good adviser. In Frankenstein the author conveys the theme of loneliness/isolation by using the point of views of two different characters (Frankenstein and the monster) that suffer from the same thing. In Frankenstein's quest to create a companion for himself, he accidentally creates a monster, which becomes a threat to Frankenstein himself, as well as the rest of society. Frankenstein's feeling of loneliness, after giving life to such a creature, he feels as if the only way to make the whole situation right after doing wrong would be to unleash this monster into the world where he feels that his creation will be alone.
Monstrous is a term that carries a lot of meaning. Monstrous means something or someone who is evil by having inhumane morals, values, and obligations. The word carries the meaning of something that is great or to an extreme extent, but monstrous also carries a negative connotation. Hitler was considered an extremely monstrous person for conducting mass genocide and treating people inhumanely in his concentration camps. Mary Shelley views the Creature’s actions as most monstrous in Frankenstein because his conscience and his intuition clearly demonstrate his understanding of right and wrong, yet the Creature fails to live by this moral code despite how he is treated.
Human companionship is one of the most basic needs of humans that can be seen in the Creation story. It is tricky for any human to find the perfect companion especially if one is one of a kind. In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein two characters exemplify this need Dr. Victor Frankenstein and The Creature are in search of the same thing a companionship. Acording to Victor in chapter two of the book he said This shows that Victor Frankenstein came from a well rounded family that was always there for him . SO he grew up with a lot of positive relationships with his family. However as he grow in to a adult victor has very few relationship. Only really with Elizabeth and the
Frankenstein became racked with despair after the death of the monster’s first victim exclaiming that, “Anguish and despair had penetrated my heart; I bore a hell within me which nothing could extinguish” (Shelley 70). Frankenstein felt anguish, not only for the death of his loved one, but also for the guilt he felt being the one who caused it. This inner turmoil creates an undying anger in Frankenstein at the root of which is remorse. Additionally, this fiery despair leads Victor to a new ambition of revenge. Frankenstein devotes the rest of his life to killing the monster for he feels, “I must pursue and destroy the being to whom I gave existence; then my lot on earth will be fulfilled and I may die” (189). Frankenstein’s ambition had changed course from the creation of the monster to the destruction of it; nonetheless, his life was taken in the pursuit. As a result of his ambition, Victor Frankenstein has created a monster causing him much remorse and untimely
In Mary Shelly’s, Frankenstein, the readers see several opinions about which character is a villain. Through the entire text, both Frankenstein and his creation are villains. Both characters share several characteristics that show that both are villains, but they are expressed in different ways. The villains in the book are evil and in some way close to one another.
Loneliness creates the two individuals’ reckless doings even though they are both already annoyed by revenge to delight in any action in harming others, this further forms them into monsters who live to destroy everything they touch. It is easy to believe that the monstrosity inside Frankenstein is exceptional as is his isolation chosen. Shelley’s significant message that monstrosity is captured and is not from inheritance, is already illustrated by separation that provokes further monstrosity. From being isolated from the rest of the world, Frankenstein and the creature have not found the guidance in their life from the help of others who would of helped them from going down a destructive path in life. Frankenstein’s creation of the monster and isolation is a result from his discontent he possesses, the novel portrays to readers that a man’s imprudent challenge to God is an effect of monstrosity being provoked by detachment. Frankenstein became so consumed in being acknowledged by others beyond the expectations of society, Frankenstein is illustrated as a maniac. Nevertheless, ambition to be recognized is often known to be a characteristic that is appreciated. Shelley uses Frankenstein as a lesson to be learned that ambitious curiosity only leaved monstrosity behind. Frankenstein continues to show a pattern of behavior that would depict his continuing eagerness to learn the laws of science, within time he evolves and the monster inside Frankenstein continuously grew bigger from his persistent interest that took over his life. The growing monstrosity inside Frankenstein led him to a path of demolition, this is a result of Victor Frankenstein craving the attention from others that challenged natural order where life was created from lifeless
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein depicts a man’s thirst for knowledge and the consequences of his actions. The main character Victor Frankenstein embraces an act of monstrous proportions and creates his own being, known as the creature. A passage from the text is spoken in the voice of the beast and discusses his distress of being considered an atrocity. It explores the theme of humanity’s natural attraction for monstrosity. The prose alludes to the debate as to whether malicious behaviour is due to a person’s nature, or to how they are nurtured. Using literary devices, the passage conveys human nature’s entwinement with monstrosity through society’s belief of the fiend being abnormal and by Victor Frankenstein’s treatment towards his creation.
For example, after murdering William Frankenstein, the creature’s response is not that of “disgust or regret but fascination and even obsession” (Evans, “Elements of the Grotesque in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”). The obsession which causes the monster to “gaze on [his] victim” with delight is the same obsession which had once caused Victor’s eyeballs to “[stare] from their sockets” at the evil work he was doing (Shelley 39, 123). However, although Victor and the creature are similarly obsessive, their obsession did not arise from the same source. It is easy to understand why the creature would become obsessed with inflicting pain on humankind: as humankind inflicted pain on him. However Victor never experienced the level of trauma that his creation did, so his obsession for intruding on universal knowledge could not have been fueled by an urge for revenge or a feeling of hopelessness. By process of elimination, the only possible source of Frankenstein’s monstrous tendencies is the monstrosity within
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Man is the cruelest animal.” Not only does he call us animals, suggesting we are incapable of controlling our cruelty, as animals aren’t, but he calls us the cruelest of them all. Examples of this cruelty date back to the beginning of the human race itself. In Frankenstein, Mary W. Shelley uses the cruelty of her characters to develop relationships between characters and the story itself. Shelley uses acts of cruelty to characterize Frankenstein, those who come into contact with the monster, and the monster himself, proving that cruelty is woven into the fabric of humanity.
Victor Frankenstein’s life story is at the heart of science. He became fascinated with the “secret of life” discovers it, and then bring a hideous monster into life. Victor creates a creature with a life of eight feet tall and enormously strong, but with the mind of a newborn person. The reasons why he created the creature because he wanted to overcome death since the day his mother died. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, monstrosity is a theme that appears in many aspects of life. The novel is not only focus with the two characters Victor and the Creature themselves, but it is also focus on many different part of the story too such as knowledge, society itself with through unfairness of the time and the socially in a particular way. Shelley uses monstrosity in term of how it can takes many forms in the novel.
People have their own fears in life, but many fears the monsters. Beings that are physically deformed, psychologically hideous, and/or a freak of nature are perceived as “monsters”. Monsters also possessed abilities far beyond the limits of humans. What most people do not know is that similar to human beings, monsters are also driven by their emotions and that they can suffer emotional pain as well. Two examples of monsters who suffered emotional pain are Dracula and Victor Frankenstein’s creature. Both monsters could be perceived as creatures of pain and loneliness. Unable to change the way of their life. Driven only by their emotion.