Victor Frankenstein in the book, Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley is not a hero because he creates life, causes havoc, and loses his loved ones. In Frankenstein, Victor has stumbled upon the ability to create life, however, it back fires on him. Frankenstein goes to a famous university and quickly grasps the idea of science. He soon learns the secret to give life and on one rainy November night, he creates the monster. However, he is deeply grossed out by the features of the creature.
The first monster threatened Frankenstein and even his family. The monster angrily said to Frankenstein, "I can make you so wretched" (162). Trying to scare Frankenstein for not creating his mate, the monster resorted to threats. If the good doctor does create a companion for his first creation, he may be endangering others. Victor looks at his work and calls it "the miserable monster whom I had created" (152).
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Theme Analysis Everyday, people flee from their problems thinking they will not follow them. Sadly, problems do not just disappear, and they could affect you badly in the future. In the case of Victor Frankenstein, he runs away from his monstrous creation of life in the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. As Victor continues to avoid his monster, his monster causes ultimate destruction in Victor’s life. Frankenstein’s monster gets revenge on his creator by taking the life of his little brother, William.
“This was the commencement of a nervous fever which confined…[him] for several months” (Shelly 52). Of course Frankenstein would fall into a “nervous fever”, he is openly admitting that he cannot accept what he has created and it causes him to fall ill. This proves that Frankenstein uses illness as an escape to his problems at hand. While in an... ... middle of paper ... ...ankenstein internally. Shelley manipulates illness in a way that allows the reader to understand the guilt and emotions Victor carries for taking the role of God and creating life.
With this pursuit of knowledge, not only did Victor isolate himself from society but also from those who loved him, such as his fiancée Elizabeth and his father. However, it is with this knowledge and ambition, that winds up destroying him and those closest to him. His project he felt would better human kind and possibly make a name for himself, which is ironic because he brought only evil to society and death to his name. Frankenstein is so caught up in his work and his yearning to be remembered for all time that he does not think about what will happen after life is breathed into this being. After his creation comes to life, he refuses to accept his obligation as the creator to his creation.
Maybe that is why monster started to stalk Frankenstein because Frankenstein created him. Monster had no reason for being so he made his reason for being his creator. Monster wanted his creator to feel what he felt for that two years and understand what it felt like to be alone. This all goes back to Frankenstein being a parent. This also shows what happened when “he violates a primal contract, the universal contract between creator and created, which specifies that the father owes his children the means to live, that creation mandates nurture.
After the day that Victor’s monster comes to life his creator runs away in disgust at the creation he has made, leaving behind a lost creature looking for its place in the world. As the monster
Also, throughout Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor finds himself literally alone when the monster he created, murders th... ... middle of paper ... ...s! "(Shelley 128) Victor clearly informs us that all this time he spent wasting his knowledge on death and science rather than being out into the world, he was busy wasting it on hatred. On the other hand, the Monster had no say in his isolation. Victor abandoned him due to his looks and fear while the world just did it naturally.
Both Frankenstein and his creation go through several different episodes of abandonment. Frankenstein abandons his family, his creation, and his homeland. The monster abandons his non-evil state of mind, and then society. Young Victor abandons his monster because of its wretchedness. What began as a man ends up a mockery, and a “hideous being of gigantic structure”(Tropp 62).
Finally, it takes revenge on Frankenstein and his family because he abandons it. The controversial issues are: Scientific research-thinking about the consequences of a ‘breakthrough’ like creating life, Frankenstein’s obsession which shuts him off from friends and family, Frankenstein’s responsibility for what he has done and the dangers of knowledge which Frankenstein found out about , and so he warns Captain Walton about them. Shelley was a radical thinker, much like Victor Frankenstein in the novel. When she was 16 she met Percy Shelley, and in the summer of 1816 she was staying with him and Lord Byron on the shores of Lake Geneva. She would later on become the wife of Percy Shelley.