"...now that I have finished, the beauty of the dream had vanished..." (Shelley 51). Victor's ambition blinded him to see the real dangers of his project. This is because ambition is like a madness, which blinds one self to see the dangers of his actions. The monster after realizing what a horror he was demanded that victor create him a partner. "I now also began to collect the materials necessary for my new creation, and this was like torture..." (Shelley 169).
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, explores the monstrous and destructive affects of obsession, guilt, fate, and man’s attempt to control nature. Victor Frankenstein, the novel’s protagonist and antihero, attempts to transcend the barriers of scientific knowledge and application in creating a life. His determination in bringing to life a dead body consequently renders him ill, both mentally and physically. His endeavors alone consume all his time and effort until he becomes fixated on his success. The reason for his success is perhaps to be considered the greatest scientist ever known, but in his obsessive toil, he loses sight of the ethical motivation of science.
He works vigorously, day in and day out, on finding the perfect equation for creating life. He is so obsessed with making h... ... middle of paper ... ...t. Throughout the novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley paints a picture of an obsessed scientist that only cares about completing his experiment. By doing so, he fit the definition of an alchemist. He throws himself into the creation of an evil being and distances himself from friends, family, and all social life. Viktor Frankenstein also fits the profile of a helpless scientist when he loses control of the monster and realizes that his experiment has gone horribly wrong.
It is the purpose of this essay to illustrate that it is actually society that has made a monster of Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein is a young and eminent student who decides to break the bounderies between life and death. His desire will take him to work hard , even getting seriously ill , to achieve something that nobody has reached before : life after death .He devotes himself to that single pursuit : "I was thus enganged , heart and soul , in one pursuit " (p.59) but everything changes when he sees for the first time his creation: "How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe?" and "I beheld the wretch - the miserable monster whom I had created "(p.62 and 63). From this moment , the new creation is idetified as a monster , and just like that will be treated during the whole story , not only by a cruel and intolerant society , but by his creator, Victor , who rejects him from the beginning.
Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, follows the story of Victor Frankenstein, his self-driven seclusion from society due to his fixations on life and death only stimulating his madness: “I paused, examining and analyzing all the minutiae of causation, as exemplified in the change from life to death, and death to life… I became dizzy with the immensity of the prospect… that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret” (Shelley 38). Frankenstein always had a passion for gaining knowledge. His feelings and actions were based on reasoning, which deeply contrasted against his more romantic-thinking family. In his years leading up to going to university, he found a new passion for alchemy. While attending the University of Ingolstadt, he became entranced with the studies of alchemy along with natural philosophy and modern sciences.
Dr. Frankenstein was blinded by the fact that he was unable to foresee the effects that a creature could never be fully accepted into the human race. He was ultimately haunted by his own creation. Yet is it his monster’s fault that he doesn’t know right from wrong, or is it Dr. Frankenstein’s fault? Frankenstein is called the creato... ... middle of paper ... ... just a phase, hoping he could get over his work and forget about his creation and all the havoc he had caused. But unfortunately he couldn’t, the monster haunted him and eventually ruined him.
The Modern Prometheus; it is an alternative name given to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein’s punishment for bestowing fire (life) upon the lifeless was torment and an eternal penance of suffrage. In the end, all the life he knew was gone. From a psychological stand point, there was more life he lost than what is clearly stated because of his impure manufacture of life. By looking at the Id, Ego, Superego, the Erikson Stages of psychosocial development, and Mary Shelley’s purpose of writing Frankenstein, one can see people’s attempt to control life is futile against nature’s revenge, and the domination of science over people grows when the quest for answer goes too far.
He did not plan in advance as to what he will do after his creation is complete. On the Discussion Board, Cecila Fuchu agrees that creating the monster made Frankenstein sick, as she sums, “Victor 's desire to attain the godlike power to create life became more powerful than ever. This situation led to the destruction of his arrogance and the sickness of his mind.” Victor worked tirelessly to achieve his goal at the cost of his social relations. Since he selfishly cut himself off from his relatives and most social contact, he became a reclusive individual who could not sit still without being overly anxious. The mental strain that he had placed upon himself over the years correlates with his disregard to his health.
It can be seen that Frankenstein subconsciously uses sickness as an escape from his guilt and responsibilities of the monster. Subsequently, illness can be seen as a way for Frankenstein to hide and forget the actions he indirectly committed. Although in reality, illness is not effective because instead of improving Frankenstein's conditions it only masked it while he continued to deteriorate after every encounter with the monster, finally leading to death. Frankenstein has a disposition to become sick whenever he feels guilty or should take responsibility for his actions. Soon after creating the monster out of lifeless matter, Frankenstein removes himself from the scene.
This moral issue is initially ignored by Frankenstein, overshadowed by his zeal for accomplishing his impossible feat of reanimation. After he animates the creature and shuns it for its horrible appearance, it acts on its impulses for revenge. As the story progresses, Frankenstein realizes that he should have thought more carefully before acting, and the repercussions of his dark deed eventually lead him on a self-destructive quest to ultimately attempt to annihilate his own creation. By trying to ascend past his place in God’s universe, Frankenstein, in the end, destroys himself and all that he ever loved.... ... middle of paper ... ...etheus, Adam) and destructor (Satan) of life. (Desert Aine 2, 1-2) Frankenstein and his abominable creation are two characters inexorably linked with eachother, as father and son, as inventor and invention, and even as reflections of eachother.