In conclusion, Victor’s reason for revenge on the creature is for destroying all of his happiness, killing his family, and all things good in his life. Although Victor blames the creature for his life falling apart, it is Victor’s fault ultimately because he created the problem. Without the creation of this being, there would be no death in Victor’s life other than his own happiness that he created for himself in solitude. Both Victor and the creature create an isolated world for each other. The story begins with Victor in his isolated room, progressing to the abandonment and alienation of the creature, and finally ending with the creature now creating a world of isolation for Victor in return.
Because of Victor’s need for fame and desire for power leads to Victor becoming a monster. Victor begins his quest to bring life to a dead person because he does not want anyone to feel the pain of a loved ones death. At first he is not obsessed with his project. As he moves along in the project he thinks about what will happen to him. "Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source, many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me." (Shelley 39) He realizes that he will become famous if he accomplishes the task of bringing a person back to life. The realization that he will become famous turns him into an obsessive monster. He wanted to be admired, and praised as a species creator. He isolates himself from his family and works on the creature. “I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation, but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (Shelley 156) By spending most of his time inside on his experiment, he has no time to write or contact his family. He puts fear within his family because they fear for him.
One who has only seen the Hollywood version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein would assume that in the course of the book the true monster is Dr. Frankenstein himself. But upon analysis of the text it becomes clear that it is in fact the Monster who is the greater of the two evils. Although created by the doctor, his own hatred and consciousness yield an evil larger than even the doctor could have predicted.
For moviegoers Frankenstein’s Monster is a green, shambling corpse, with its stitched together construction held together by two bolts on its neck, as it moans and groans inhumanly. A deeper look into the actual book by Mary Shelly, Frankenstein Or, The Modern Prometheus, however, shows a far more terrifying visage: something that’s almost, but not quite, human. A being that, while “about eight feet in height”, still had a soul that “glowed with love and humanity” at birth, which causes it’s transformation into a serial killer to be far more chilling (Shelly 100). The source of the Monster, and how it differs from other characters, is what obviously creates this irreconcilable gap from the human characters. Contextually, during the writing of Frankenstein, industrialization swept through Mary Shelly’s Great Britain. The change in society caused by industrialization can be seen in the work as a whole. Thus it is clear Frankenstein argues that the loss of originality in an industrialized society leads to dehumanization and alienation, as exemplified in the manufactured Monster.
As Victor grows up his parents decide that it is time for him to leave the house and
Plot of the novel Victor hides from the creature in a remote part of
the world which is below 0°C and was found by a group of crusaders
seeking to destroy the monster.
Part 1 – Lesson 1
Life and times of Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley was born on 30th August 1797,
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is one of the most timeless classics we have in literature today. Being a young person, I am very appreciative of older works that are still able to captivate me. When I read this story, it resonated with me in several different ways, as I have always been interested stories having to do with the creation and/or augmentation of life through artificial means. Along with being intriguing, such stories are not far from reality. In the present, people see Mary’s story as a modern legend. This term however can be interpreted in a couple of different ways. The first thing I thought of was how people can perceive the story to be a fable today, and secondly, can we view Frankenstein as a myth during the time when Mary Shelley was alive. I aim to explore the first option after establishing the definition of a “modern legend”, which is “a fiction myth that relates to current events”. Frankenstein is most definitely a modern legend, exploring many different scientific developments that at the time were seen as nothing more than ridiculous fiction. Today these ideas are much more believable, and even close to being possible. The reality of Mary Shelly's story is in fact more realistic today, making it a myth in the sense that we are unsure if it could really happen.
By definition depression is the state if being sad or feelings of hopelessness and in adequacy. Depression is a major role in this writing and accompanies many characters throughout the book. The monster is a main victim of depression throughout the book because of lonesomeness and because he is tile that he is hideous many times. People would run away from the monster in feet that they would be killed or threatened and this would sadden and enrage the monster. Elizabeth is saddened for most of the book as well because Victor is at Ingolstadt for most of the book until word of William's death and Victor's father becoming sickly. Victor is also affected by depression and feels that he is responsible for the death of William and Justine.
Frankenstein’s childhood is bought to the reader’s attention in Chapter One when the narration switches from Walton’s letters to the Victor Frankenstein; and his childhood and background to Mary Shelley and Frankenstein is explored in the article ‘The Family, Freud and Frankenstein’ written by Brittany Wright in 2015.
Victor played the tragic role of God by altering human life and transforming it. His role as the creator makes him consider himself not only a God-like figure, but a mother-figure. He feels responsible for the creature’s actions as well he should.
I was drawn to this novel, because I am intrigued by idiosyncrasies and unspeakable horrors. What I found after reading this novel, however, was even more horrific than man giving life to a creature using various parts of corpses. Frankenstein 's cruelty in subjecting his creation to a life of abandonment, loneliness, and emotional torture was the ultimate gruesome act. One aspect particularly interesting, and frustrating to me was that I found Frankenstein to be a selfish coward. When his creation reached out for him, he abandoned him (Shelley, 1818). In contrast, with my opinion that Frankenstein is selfish, he refused to create a
During college, Victor continued to receive letters of the home life from his cousin and father. He once wrote, “William is dead!-that sweet child, whose smiles delighted and warmed my heart, who was so gentle, yet so gay! Victor, he is murdered!”(46) At the sight of those words, Victor knew immediately that his creation had committed this crime. Victor then decided to make a visit home and be with his family. When walking in the field one evening, Victor saw a shadow lurking among the trees in the exact spot where William was murdered. Questioning the figure, he moved closer, hoping to get a better view. As he slowly approached the silhouette, he recognized who it was and his was in fear. “My teeth chattered, and I was forced to lean against a tree for support…Nothing in human shape could have destroyed that fair child. He was the murderer!”(50) After seeing the creature that night, Victor knew that the lurking was a consequence of his actions and that it was only the beginning of
Science is a broad field that covers many aspects of everyday life and existence. Some areas of science include the study of the universe, the environment, dinosaurs, animals, and insects. Another popular science is the study of people and how they function. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dr. Victor Frankenstein is an inspiring scientist who studies the dead. He wants to be the first person to give life to a dead human being. He spends all of his time concentrating on this goal, and gives up his family and friends. When he finally accomplishes this, everything falls apart. So, Victor Frankenstein is to blame for the tragedy, not the monster he has created, because he is the mastermind behind the whole operation, and he is supposed to have everything under control, working properly as a good scientist should do.
By the time of their death, both Victor and the creature has committed repugnant acts: Victor created a being out of corpses and then abandoned it and let it wreak havoc on the people he loved, the creature directly killed three people. But Victor tells Walton that, “During these last days I have been occupied in examining my past conduct; nor do I find it blamable […] nor do I know where this thirst for vengeance may end” (269). Victor is not able to see past the metaphorical clouds that seem to shroud his mind from seeing the truth. Furthermore, Victor is not able to let go of his hate for the creature. In contrast, the creature admits, “But it is true that I am a wretch. I have murdered the lovely and the helpless” (275). The creature is able to recognize that he has made mistakes and as a result he loathes himself. He tells Walton that, “You hate me, but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself” (275). Although no amount of regret or sorrow can bring back the people that he has killed, the creature does acknowledge the evil of his actions, which in turn allow him to make come to peace. He is able to reconcile his vengeful feelings towards his creator and praises Victor by calling him, “worthy of love and admiration among men” (275). Both Victor and the creature have done committed actions against each
At first, Victor believes himself superior to nature, and he builds a creature to prove his dominance. After gathering the information and materials needed to create life, Victor begins to fantasize about what he is about to do. He sees “life and death [as] ideal bounds, which [he] should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into [their] dark world. A new species would bless [him] as its creator and source, many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to [him]” (Shelley 55). Life and death are natural things, but Victor thinks that he can “break through” them and create life. He alone would be the person to “pour a torrent of light into their dark world,” as if he was God, ruling over all of the world. This shows Victor’s lack of respect towards life and how he intends to overcome the boundaries set by nature. Unlike the Romantic who revered and honored nature, Victor wants to use it for his own gain. He expects “happy” and “excellent natures” to obey him, and he doesn’t dwell upon the consequences of his actions. His outlook changes after the Creature comes to life. As Victor stares into the watery, lifeless eyes of his creature, he finally realizes his mistake in trying to disrupt the natural order of the world. Scared by the outcome of his actions, Victor attempts to run away and find comfort in nature. He travels to the Arve Ravine, where “the