Flaws In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The advancements of science and technology though seen as positive innovations by many, others believe them to be negatives, especially in the time of the Industrial Revolution. The constant search of new technology and science, allows for knowledge that can exceed the capacity of what a man or human can comprehend. A certain capacity of what man understands is predetermined and crossing past many of the boundaries can lead into a foreign world. These thoughts mirror the thoughts of Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein during the height of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution made a lot of changes in the world at the time and made the changes often and fast, which scared many. Mary Shelley’s commentary on the Industrial Revolution…show more content…
“Two years passed in this manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva, but was engaged, heart and soul, in the pursuit of some discoveries which I hoped make.”(Shelley 29). Frankenstein's obsession and insanity before creating the creature indicates that the human mind sways easily by its own curiosity. Victor sees nothing, not his health, family, relationships, or even morality and God. “None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science.” (29). In his blind obsession of science, Victor loses sight of all that makes life worth living. “…the beauty if the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (35). Alas, Victor rejected the very creature that almost gave up his life for during the process of making it. After rejecting the creature, Victor does not even possess the strength of character to take responsibility for his creation. Instead, he cannot resolve the issue and allows the creature to roam in the wild. In fact, Victor tries to distance himself as far as he can from the creature. Victor cannot and his own inability to measure the consequences of his actions causes his own destruction. This suggests that humans, in their curiosity and sense of superiority, do not realize the consequences of pursuing certain ambitions. Victor tries to overcome laws of nature and in result loses everything. Shelley demonstrates the true extent to the flaws of man in this novel, through a man's creation. Humans, at the end of the day, go with nature, not a supreme
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