Prejudice and Pride Illustrated in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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“Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first breakthrough, 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. No father could claim the gratitude of a child so completely as I should deserve theirs.” (Shelley 39). No, there is no Mr. Darcy in this novel, but pride and prejudice are deeply woven into the thematic core of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” (Austen). This tormented narrative explores the destructive powers of these two isolating traits. Pride, an unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem and ego, and prejudice, a lack of empathy and negative bias against an individual, both prevent the human characters in “Frankenstein” from exercising objectivity and openness towards the monster. Pride by the monster’s creator, and prejudice by all who interact with the monster, lead to not so much a horror story, but a classic tale of tragedy and misfortune to rival the Greeks. Victor Frankenstein, the monster’s creator, is the victim of his own pride. An ego unchecked is a dangerous thing. But in truth, it really just shows Victor’s humanity. He is privileged, educated, talented, loved, adored, but he is not perfect. His flaw is his own ego and pride. Without doubt, this is the result of a childhood where he was overindulged. Overindulged to the extent he was given a little girl “Elizabeth” as a “present”, whom he considered from childhood “mine only” (Shelley 21). Little wonder the twenty year old Victor would think he could create, control and command life. But Victor as with any indulged child did not take the time to learn much from his parents about parenting and fath... ... middle of paper ... ...n in his isolation. Pride and prejudice, isolating behaviors, create a path of unnecessary destruction through the life of Victor Frankenstein. All that remains for us the reader is to figure out where our sympathies lie. What lessons we can learn from this tragic tale of the ego driven scientist and his monstrous creation. Work Cited Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, A Bantam Book, published 1991 ISBN 0-553-21247-8, Print Austen, Jane, “Pride and Prejudice”, Mr. Darcy is a character, Print Patterson, Arthur Paul, 1996, “What is the central theme of Frankenstein”, Web Sexton, Timothy, 2006, “The Real Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein“, Web New American Standard Bible, 1995, Print

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