Many would read Shelley's Frankenstein as a religious debate against the dangers of playing God yet her context would reveal no real links with Christianity. Though she wasn't an atheist, Shelley believed in a pagan view that a form of God resided within nature. Her argument is the perceived "Enlightenment" of science will inevitably erode the goodness within humans thus humanity must follow the path of Romanticism for true enlightenment. Victor Frankenstein represents the epitome of scientific progression “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds” and thus is eroded of all human qualities. He requires isolation from family and friends when committing to perilous journey of unlocking the secrets to life in best intentions “pour a torrent of light into our dark world”.
At the heart of Mary Shelly’s novel, Frankenstein, lies the life story of protagonist Victor Frankenstein. One gets an insightful glimpse into his moral character through his evolution from an innocent young man enthralled with the exciting world of science into a cynical, guilt-ridden individual determined to annihilate the fruits of his scientific experiments. Though the lasting impression of his morality might make it easy to admit that Frankenstein certainly had a few minor character flaws, based on his motives, intentions, and actions, it is almost impossible to claim that he was evil. One can imagine that unfortunate events in life such as perhaps poverty and abuse at a young age could lead to an individual taking a very grim perspective of the harsh realities of life and resorting to evil. Frankenstein was neither poor nor was his childhood one full of misery and suffering.
If only Frankenstein had tried to learn what his creature need before he gave him life! He created the creature that he rejected because its worldly form did not reflect the glory of his original idea. Thrown, unaided and ignorant, into the world, the creature began his own journey into the discovery of the strange meanings of the human language and society. The creature was an untamed and extreme version of the free individual. Without the support and shelter of a family, the creature nevertheless gained an education of sorts.
Victor Frankenstein correspondingly arrogates the role of ‘God’ in creating human life, “How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow” (Victor), however despite this he takes on the role of ‘God’ and creates a horrendous monster, whom he tries to abandon at the sight of it. However he is punished for his actions “I foresaw obscurely that I was destined to become the most wretched of human beings.
The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, directed by Nathan Frankowski is a documentary movie that states the controversy between the explanations given by Intelligence Design, and the ones considered by science. In this film, the theory of evolution originated by Charles Darwin is the disagreement between these both sides. Evolutionary theory is believed by scientists as the explanation for the existence of life; while the idea of a superior entity that created life is sustained by a significant group of the Academia. In addition to this, the movie shows the cases of several scientists who were disqualified because they thought differently from the scientific mainstream. Because there is a lack of answers and explanations that science does not have, it is expectable that the idea of a superior entity would fill that blank.
Does the problem of evil prove that god doesn’t exist? No solution has been put forward that has been able to prove why god created evil when he wants to get rid of evil and he has the power to do so, therefore god doesn’t exist. Philosophers and believers have spent many years trying to come up with a solution to the problem of evil- they call these solutions theodicies . The first theodicy to the problem of evil is the free will defence. Philosophers state that most of the evil in this world is because of our own choice and isn’t god’s fault.
Following the death of Caroline, Victor becomes engrossed in the creation and the idea of creating a monster and almost usurps the role of God by creating ‘man’, however it can be argued by many that the Monster isn’t a man at all, nor is he treated like one by many due to his looks. Victor believes due to his creation that ‘new species would bless me as its creator’ showing that he sees himself as almost God like and that by creating life, he has done a good thing
They had been given the tools of education but no direction as how to express or use them. The monster also experiences this sense of abandonment; he is given the tools to speak, think and learn but never taught their full potential. This point is made clear in the first conversation between Dr Frankenstein and his creation “ Unfeeling and heartless creator! You had endowed me with perceptions and passions, and then cast me abroad”
Shelley then suggests that nature is not supposed to be disturbed as she directly questions the scientists of her era, including scientist Erasmus Darwin, to reinforce the dangers of our humanity’s desire to play the role of creator. Shelley also displays this through Questioning how Viktor can “sport with life”. Shelley’s use of the word sport implies that Viktor consumed by a hobby/desire is unaware of where his actions will lead, this is also
The most important difference was that Henry and Victor were switched. Meaning Henry was married to Elizabeth and he created the monster. In this film Victor was not Elizabeth’s husband, however they did seem to have an affair, and he did not create the monster. Another difference between the two films was Henry has an assistant to help him create the horrific monster. The monster also looks more scary and original in this film (bolts in his neck) then in the other version of Frankenstein.