During Shelley’s time period, females were considered to be inferior to men, but Shelley shows how men actually feared a woman’s power. For example, when Frankenstein was creating the female mate for his monster, he started thinking about the consequences of having a female version of his monster in the world. He thought that she can create a whole new race of them and that she would not listen to the male monster and do things her own way. These were horrifying to Victor and all of these were thoughts of fear. Frankenstein feared the power of the female and her capabilities.
Or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust! And, oh! That I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore those victims whom you have so diabolically murdered!” (M. Shelly, Frankenstein, Chapter 10) Frankenstein’s reasons for creating the monster was that he was so utterly obsessed with life itself he wanted to create a being that would never die out of his mother’s memory so no one else felt his pain, So mainly the reasons for him rejecting the monster is because it was nothing he expected and especially creating it out of his mother’s memory he felt the need to reject
Alyxandria Quinones Frankenstein Motif Essay AP Lit Pd. 8 12-13-11 Alienation: The Real Pandora’s Box An innate craving for companionship and compassion is a quintessential element of human nature. Consequentially, a denial of these cravings results in a slow descent into an exceedingly miserable and unfulfilling existence. The demoralizing effects of alienation are a reoccurring aspect of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein. As exemplified by both Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, prolonged estrangement from society essentially rips the lid off Pandora’s notorious Box, prompting self-destruction and magnifying the human tendency to harbor resentments towards a society that has become foreign to them.
Another aspect that is interesting is the turn in behavior for the monster. Perhaps the best quote to represent this idea comes from the actualization of the monster to himself in front of Victor’s dead body “My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love...it did not endure the violence of change without torture” showing how evil nature overcomes the good nature in human beings (Shelly, 158). Initially the monster is very amicable, however, due to continuous rejection, he seeks revenge upon all human beings. Is Shelly saying that even though even nature is good, evil eventually overcomes this good nature? Or Is Shelly saying that human nature is bad and full of rejection and isolation?
However, the family rejects him based on outward appearance, before giving the monster a chance to speak. The monster also saves a girl from drowning, only to be attacked by a man who thought that he was attempting to hurt the girl, not save her. Upon realizing social interaction with humans will prove almost impossible, the monster beckons Victor to create for him a female companion. However, Victor breaks his promise to the monster, and he vows to seek revenge. All of these events coupled with the abandonment by his creator drive the monster to madness and rage against the human population, who he learns will never accept him due to his grotesque outward
In what ways does Mary Shelley create sympathy for the monster? When we see the name “Frankenstein”, we are instantly reminded of the doctor’s creation and of how he played God, with out even knowing it. Even by today’s standards he went against human nature after being warned not to. Before studying Frankenstein, I stereotypically associated the monster, to hideous rejects in society. However the monster was brought into the world, isolated, unwanted and discarded; he deserved sympathy not cruelty.
However, the `inarticulate sounds which broke from (it) frightened (it) into silence again'. Romanticism of Frankenstein `the beauty of the dream vanished' as luxuriances such as `lustrous black' hair and `teeth of a pearly whiteness' only formed a more `horrid contrast with his watery eyes'. (1) He entreats Victor to “remember, that I am thy creature: I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel.” By comparing Victor to God, the monster heaps responsibility for his evil actions upon Victor, scolding him for his neglectful failure to provide a nourishing environment. (2) The second quote: emphasises the irresponsible creator that Frankenstein is. Instead of guiding the creature, teaching it from right from wrong, supporting the creature, he immediately creates an enemy with his creation and enforces war and hostility upon the creature, giving it no choice but to defend itself from its creator and
In sum, isolation becomes the worst imaginable fate throughout the novel, which leads to violence, rage and disaster. Knowledge, social responsibility, society's view of beauty, and secrecy are the major themes that were presented in this gothic novel. Shelley identifies the most hideous of human characteristics in Victor and his monster, and she focuses on how obsession can be a very dangerous and blinding force that leads to various disasters. Frankenstein and his monster represent the good and the bad through the reckless pursuit of knowledge. Both of these characters were afraid of rejection.
Karma is shown clearly throughout Mary Shelley’s story, “Frankenstein.” This idea, of karma, is shown in numerous cases and situations within this story. One situation that arises, where karma is a factor, is the issue of the resentment the creature has towards his creator, Frankenstein, for abandoning him shortly after his making. As a result of Frankenstein’s neglect towards his creation, his creation began to become bitter towards the one who invented him. The deformed being felt abandoned. This abandonment caused a severe sense of hatred to form, inside the monster, towards his master.
This is because Dr. Victor Frankenstein feels the same way about the creature. Frankenstein wants nothing to do with him. He thinks the creature is an ugly monster. This makes Frankenstein so upset to the point that he decides to abandon his own creation. The creature ends up being alone and he comes up with an idea.