I think that Shelly is trying to tell us that egotism and obsession
are dangerous if you let them take control of your life. Also that men
shouldn't try to play God by creating life. Frankenstein lets his
egotism blind him so he doesn't stop to think of what the consequences
creating life will have. He doesn't listen to people warning him
because he thinks he is always right, but when he creates the monster
and realises what he has done it is too late and the monster kills
everyone he loves.
While Frankenstein is creating the monster he becomes obsessed. He
neglects his health and relationships to concentrate all his energy on
creating the monster. Frankenstein becomes very unhealthy and people
start worrying about him because he doesn't bother contacting them.
Around the time this book was being written many social and scientific
changes were being made. Whereas before people looked back on Greek
and Roman history with disapproval and believed they were living in
the final days before judgement, now they began to appreciate the
ancient and look back on the middle ages as barbaric, hence the name
the 'Dark' ages. Now was the time of light and the rebirth of the
classics. The idea of humanism was also introduced which according to
Paul Oscar Kristeller meantt 'to attach the greatest importance to
classical studies and to consider classical antiquity as the common
standard and model by which to guide all cultural activities.' People
had also not long known the world was round which would have been big
news. People were addressing moral issues and exploring more
possibilities with a greater thirst for knowledge.
Captain Walton is very egotistical. He ...
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...ps, then once the monster is finished he
spends the rest of his life hunting the monster to kill it.
Woman are displaced in the novel as they are stripped of their
biological role as mother. Also all the women die, they are not needed
anymore. The monster has no mother to look after him either so he
doesn't get what he needs from a mother figure which could have
contributed to his evil behaviour.
I think that the moral messages in this novel are not to let egotism
and obsession rule your life because they shall make life unbearable.
Also that men do not realise how important the role of the mother is
in society and that women should not just be cast aside like the ones
in the novel. As well as man should not medal in the process of
creation because it is not something that humans have the right to
decide about, only God should have that sort of power.
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