God creates “a perfect creature, happy and prosperous”, victor creates a monster who is “wretched, helpless, and alone”. God offers his creation “the especial care”, and “was allowed to converse with, and acquire knowledge from beings of a superior nature”. Victor “(forms) a monster so hideous that even (he) turned (him) in disgust.” Apparently, the monster is trying to make a contrast between him and “Adam”,Victor Frankenstein and “God”. From the monster’s pespective, he is simply trying to make his creator feel guilty by comparing him to another creator,”God”. However, from the author’s pespective, she is using a great deal of biblical symbolism to convey the theme of the story.
Mary Shelley’s work of literature, Frankenstein, conveys her negative attitudes towards scientific issues of her time. With the use of Victor Frankenstein and the monster, Shelley is able to depict that the curiosity of science leads to negative impacts in society. Frankenstein is portrayed as a man full of interest in natural philosophy. Although his eager learning and experimenting for science is unlimited, he builds a monster that causes low credibility, betrayal and conviction for Frankenstein and those surrounding him. Fame being one of Frankenstein’s prime motive for creating a superhuman portrays that he does not realize his motive will cause low credibility.
This is especially evident when the Monster demanded Victor Frankenstein to create another female whom is just like him by threatening to never leave him alone. “We may not part until you have promised to comply with my requisition. I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me; b toe as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species, ad have the same defects. This being you must create.” (Smith, 128) One of the similarities between The Monster and Victor Frankenstein is both of them are very smart and determined.
Soumitra Sarkar ENGL 220 Section 62 Instructor: Mikael Awake Frankenstein Research Proposal 04/22/2015 Frankenstein Research Proposal - Human Nature Branching off of the third topic of the research prompt, I’m making a proposal to work on how Shelly has portrayed human nature in Frankenstein. In the novel, Dr. Frankenstein makes a monster from the best body parts and yet others reject that monster along with it’s own creator. The status quo is that humans are naturally accepting and good people. However, in every single instance, the monster in the novel is rejected. Initially the monster seeks to somehow befriend others.
In pursuit of knowledge and technology, society begins to lose a sense of humanity. The 1818 gothic novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and 1982 science fiction film, Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott although composed over one hundred years apart contain the same concepts on the nature of humanity. Through context and a variety of film and literary techniques both composers were able to convey their purpose of a cautionary warning about the consequences of playing God. This was achieved through the dislocation of the natural world and mans attempt to play God. The texts present a view that questions the ethics of science which progress is unchecked.
The parallelism between Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus is seen through both of their actions of trying to play God by giving life. Both Frankenstein and Prometheus tried to create their own being or race to worship them, and were punished in the end for their endeavors. In “Frankenstein”, one can see the power struggle between Frankenstein and The Creature. Frankenstein becomes obsessed with his studies and project of creating a human, and in a way becomes power thirsty as he plays God by giving life. When his experiment comes to life, Frankenstein gets scared, thus giving The Creature all of the power he previously held.
In Mel Brook’s classic film Young Frankenstein, Gene Wilder’s creature struggles to overcome his revolting appearance in order to prove himself capable of human emotions and reasoning. While Brooks’s work is only a loose adaptation of the classic novel by Mary Shelley, it is worth noting that this specific theme – that moral character is unfairly judged by appearance – transcended both versions. Perhaps Brooks, like the audience that first read Frankenstein, realized that judgment by appearance is one of the most developed themes of the original novel, and one that continues to be the most poignant. Throughout the novel of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley argues that society unfairly judges by appearance, casting out anything that is socially
‘Frankenstein’ and the so called ‘Monster’ Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ examines human nature. A first time reader may be used to the unfaithful Hollywood adaptions of this timeless masterpiece but can find profound levels of depth and meaning in the art of Shelley’s storytelling. The creature in the story is a creation of Victor Frankenstein who is obsessed by "a fervent longing to penetrate the secrets of nature" (Shelley 21). It is the creatures treatment by society and his creator Frankenstein that leads him to indulge in vengeful and evil behavior. Although this behavior is horrible and not at all sane or acceptable, it does not mean that the creature is an animal or ‘monster.’ Some people, legally and illegally, commit and enjoy
Frankenstein and Bladerunner challenges the notions of “men of genius” and raises the critical concern of the dangers of obtaining and acting upon scientific knowledge. It questions how these men of genius can allow themselves to free reign to experiment and interfere with the mysteries of life itself. This can be seen as a ‘Prometheus linking’ motif as both scientists Victor and Tyrrell strive for perfection and are unconcerned with the
Introduction Warn us of the consequences of overstepping our boundaries and unbridled technological advancement. Subsequently, it becomes evident that despite their temporal and contextual differences, both texts are in fact linked through their common concerns and concepts. The story is partially based on Giovanni Aldini's electrical experiments on dead animals and was also a warning against the expansion of modern humans in the Industrial Revolution. Although written in different times, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Bladerunner by Ridley Scott both address similar concerns about the consequences of unrestrained technological abuse, relentless consumerism and their threat to the natural world as man exerts power to alter the natural