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.
Victor Frankenstein was a scientist, and the goal of science is to discover new information, and Victor Frankenstein was simply being a scientist and creating new information. When Victor Frankenstein created his monster, it could be compared to genetic engineering or cloning of today. Scientists are trying to re- create life from another exact life form through cloning. They are trying to make the creation of life better and humans that are better quality, without disease or deformity through genetic engineering. Since the beginning of time humans have been obsessed with the idea of where life comes from, and how it is created.
What is interesting about the way Shelley writes, is the fact that she glazes over the actual birth of the monster. Bringing the character to life was not the goal of the story. How society and how the main character handles the monster is the focus. ENotes assesses Frankenstein in their Critical Evaluation showing how although the monster “develops language skills, emotion, and consciousness, he appears as a grotesque being and is spurned by society because he does not fit any ideal” (eNotes 3). The monster is curious as is the townspeople, but simple inquiry isn’t enough to stop the people from rallying against Frankenstein’s Monster.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist, produces a monster and instead of teaching his monster the mannerisms and norms of society, he abandons him. Victor expects his monster to make it in the harsh, critical society without being taught correct demeanors because he believes that having correct mannerisms is intuitive. A common viewpoint of the book is that Frankenstein’s monster should receive the blame, because he should have had proper nature, but in reality, society nurtured him to act out. Victor isolated the monster, and other members of society followed in Victor’s example and also treated him as so; which made the creature’s actions monstrous. Frankenstein played God, causing society to view his creature as a monster and as a risk to the public, but Frankenstein did not intend to create the monster as dangerous in nature; society nurtured him to act as a beast.
Also, his social individualism from the outside world caused him to have no sense of how to treat the creature. The poor treatment that the monster received is the sole reason that he was caused to act the way he did. He says to Victor, "… but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satisfied with the blood of your remaining friends" (Shelley 97). This is a representation of not only the capabilities that the monster had, but what an accomplishment that it was for Victor to create this beast. If the monster were treated properly, it
Victor has extremely high expectations for his creation but is highly disappointed with the outcome. He says, “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 35). Frankenstein neglects the creature because of his horrifying looks, which spark the beginning of numerous conflicts and tragedies. At this point, the creature becomes a monster because of Victor’s neglect and irresponsibility. The monster is forced to learn to survive on his own, without anyone or anything to guide him along the way.
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. Frankenstein can create but he cannot nourish” (Vargish 329). It points to that because the monster could have been able to get pass that if he had that one person to be there every step of the way. If Frankenstein was to nourish him mentally the monster probably wouldn’t have killed so many people. Look at the end when Frankenstein dies, Monster is pretty heartbroken about it.
Because he sees his creation as a failure and refuses to accept responsibility for his actions, the monster turns destructive, killing people close to Frankenstein. Although both Rifkin and Shelley's writings stress similar concerns, they differ in certain aspects. One difference between Rifkin and Shelley, is that Rifkin looks at science as being partly a positive contribution to society, involving huge amounts of money (246). He also believes that scientists can continue to use science for a more positive way, if and when... ... middle of paper ... ... Dolly."
Mary Shelley wrote this classic novel in such a way that it depicted some amounts foreshadowing of the world today. This paper will concentrate on the definition of human nature, the controversy of morality and science, the limits to scientific inquiry and how this novel ties in with today’s world. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein expresses human nature specifically through the character of the “Creature” and his development. The Creature has an opportunity to explore his surroundings, and in doing so he learns that human nature is to run away from something so catastrophic in looks. The Creature discovers that he must limit himself in what he does due to the response of humans because of his deformities.
He defies God, just like the Greek story of Prometheus. Since the monster escaped, he cannot take it upon himself to realize that it could be potentially dangerous. He should man up and just get over it. Later on in the story when the monster destroys everything dear to him, Frankenstein learns that only God has the ability t... ... middle of paper ... ...new species will arise and terrorize humans. Since he refused, the monster becomes angry and kills the doctor’s newlywed, Elizabeth.