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.
If Frankenstein had cared for the monster, the monster would have had someone to support him and love him. Instead, the monster is left alone to face society, and because of this, he feels little moral obligation towards other human beings. This ties to how mass murders are created, as they all face some sort of rejection from society. The author Mary Shelley also faced exclusion from society because of the choices that she had made during her early years. ”Although Mary Shelley eventually wed Percy Shelley, they were unmarried and traveling together for a time before their marriage, completely going against the norm of the time period” (___?___).
The depthlessness of society is represented throughout by selfishness and fear, as well as retaliation. Early in the novel, a scientist named Victor Frankenstein treats his creation worse than anyone. He does not give the monster a fair chance, before he knows anything about the monster he regrets creating artificial life. Victor sees his monster and is astounded by him at first, then, triggered by appearance and early observation, hates his creation and only sees evil. Frankenstein says, “I never saw a more interesting creature: his eyes have generally an expression of wildness… he is generally melancholy and despairing” (Shelley 51).
When Walton first catches sight of the creature his reaction is very interesting because it is colored by the information Frankenstein has given him of the creature. “I was at first touched by the expression of his misery; yet I called to mind what Frankenstein had said of his powers of eloquence and persuasion” (241,242). This reception to the creature is compelling, Walton had been listening to Victor exceedingly castigate the creature yet when he comes face to face with him he recognizes the creatures intelligence and emotional agony. If Victor had shown any compassion for the creature he would have reported it to Walton. As a father his description of his son lacked love, understanding, or even blame for his own actions in abandoning the creature.
He saw Adams loneliness and granted him a mate. The creature asks Frankenstein for a companion as a last chance to become happy and good hearted. Victor destroys his hope and brings more tragedy among him by doing so. God creates all things good, Victor took his Job as a creator and his creation became malignant because unlike God he was ashamed of his creation. From that point on the creatures’ heart becomes cold and makes sure to destroy his creator.
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. (56) Victor's education has leaded him to be able to create a monster but not let him fully think out the havoc that might be unleashed. His education only let him create a monster but never taught him how to care for it; this ends up resulting in the loss of innocent lives. This theme is also present when looking at the creation's education. He received most of his education hands on, by hi... ... middle of paper ... ...inking how his discoveries can help mankind but not how the monster could be a burden to society.
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.
Due to the fact that the creature cannot make friends, he demands that Frankenstein creates a companion similar in features and as equally as ugly to keep him company. He threatens to kill as many people as possible if Frankenstein does not complete this deed. Frankenstein initially agrees and promises to carry out the monster’s wishes. And he actually starts to create a new creature, in spite of the creatures threat, Frankenstein destroys the new creature before he completes his work. He is disgusted of the idea that he would be bringing another horrible creature into the world which had the potential to wreak havoc and potentially procreate.
Dr. Frankenstein is a student with a strong desire for science and the supernatural. His goals begin to consume him with his wild want to make this creation of Frankenstein. His creation is then a hideous monster that only wants to live as a normal human, but in turn is shunned by society and eventually himself falls into the evil perils of humanity. Shelley uses symbolism and the supernatural to bring out the ignorance that existed in society even in a time of extreme knowledge and learning. Very often in her book Shelley points out facts about property, the families witnessed by Frankenstein and the doctor are both prominent and wealthy, but also seem to share the fact that a dear friend lost their fortune and were then shunned from society and miserable.
Victor abandoned him due to his looks and fear while the world just did it naturally. The creature never asked to be brought back to life, so Victor was the cause of his misery. The monster just went along with his instincts but the relationship between the two became war. In conclusion, loneliness is an important theme in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Being alone differs from being lonely.