The Power Of Progress In Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein

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Progress pushes society towards the future, whether it be a benefit or drawback in life. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 's Frankenstein is about a man that pushes for reanimation of dead bodies to create the perfect human. Throughout the world there is a push for progress that benefits our state of living and way of life, but most of the time it comes with a cost or major drawback. In the novel, progress is pursued for as scientific and personal advancements, in turn it produces emotional drawback and cause physical destruction.
The area of scientific research that Dr.Frankenstein studies and works in had never been attempted. His push for the construction of a perfect human has expanded the collective knowledge of scientist at that time in
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After Victor creates his monster he us instantly horrified and cannot control his emotions toward the monster and runs away.”I took refuge in the courtyard belonging to the house which I inhabited; where I remained during the rest of the night, walking up and down in the greatest agitation, listening attentively, catching and fearing each sound as if it were to announce the approach demoniacal corpse to Wichita I had miserably given life”(Shelly44). Realizing what he has created it sends him into a state of paranoia and anxiety. Once he collects his thoughts he realizes his creation was not beneficial to anyone and was a huge mistake”oh no mortal could support the horror of that countenance”(Shelly44). After seeing the monster he realized he was far from the perfect human and is in fact the complete opposite. Human body parts that were sewn together did not represent a progression for science but a graphic failure. Not only is Victor affected mentally from the creation of the monster, but the monster itself is negatively affected. The monster states” I had a minor the perfect form of my cottagers-their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions: but how was I terrified and I view myself in a transit pool!”(Shelly101). The monster sees what normal look like and envies them. He feels disgrace and horrified that what he is and that transfers to anger towards his Creator. But some good does come from…show more content…
After entering the new world of l monster didn 't understand what was going on and had nobody to help him therefore he had to learn on his own.” a long time before I learn to distinguish the operations of my various senses”(Shelly90). This shows that Victor wasn 't the only one who gained something. The monster progress alone and furthered his understanding of himself. Sometimes progress is taught best by making mistakes. It helps to reinforce understanding and importance of a subject.”in my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out with a cry of pain”(Shelly91). After the monster discovers the fire it is an extremely beneficial to him. Them comes the task of caring for the fire that he acquires by watching the wood burn. This knowledge increases quality of life and help them out through the winter. The monster learns more than just senses and fires but teaches himself an important skill of reading and speaking.” while I improve my speech, I also learned the science of letters and was taught from the stranger; in this opened before me a wide field for wonder and delight”(Shelly106). As soon as he learn to read an expanded his mind to comprehend much more than before. Also brings a feeling of hatred towards his Creator for abandoning him. Once the monster now understood what happened he said out for
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