Though naïve as he is, this only leads to suffering. Ironically this is foreshadowed at the beginning by his own advice. “I seek for knowledge…I hope yours may not be a serpent as mine had been.” Not fit for the role of god victor is disgusted by the being he has created
This plot device in which an expectation is expressed, only to be dashed a moment later by a seemingly chance occurrence is a common one in the novel. It serves at least two narrative purposes. On the one hand, it fills the reader with alternating currents of hope and despair: while we long for Frankenstein to save himself, we realize that his ruin is inevitable. This inevitability is both narratives, in that the beginning of the book makes it clear that Frankenstein's destruction has already occurred and we see how the elements of Victor's personality can lead only to his own downfall. The plot device of dashed expectation also serves to suggest that the course of destiny is unalterable.
Comparison of Texts Draft Statement: ‘Monsters are not born into the world, they are created in it’. The significance of surroundings is portrayed through the use of imagery; it is affected by their attitudes formed by their own idiosyncratic epochs such as sublimity and postmodernism. Disparity in emotional control and behavior distinguishes a monster from a human. Both the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and film “Blade Runner” by Ridley Scott, contrasts this idea of nature verses nurture and detachment. The creature’s emotions have power over them and they become slaves to it because they are inexperienced.
This ruthless pursuit of knowledge and glory proves hazardous as his attempt at being “God-like” and giving“life to an animal as complete and wonderful as a man” (shelley,pg.53) backfires. This is so as he is not only aware of the horror of his activities but that his “marvelous accomplishment” is only but a nuisance to society and would be frowned upon by fellow philosophers and humans. Robert Walton, like Victor also has a burning desire to “satiate his ardent curiosity” (3) and as such commits wholeheartedly to his studies from an early age, reading “nothing but Uncle Thomas’ books of voyages”(pg.8) in attempt tooutdo previous human explorations by endeavouring to discover a path to the north pole. Also, Walton’s pursuit of glory and honor eventually results in him finding himself in a fickle position as his ship becomes perilously trapped between pieces of ice. However, whereas Victor’s hatred for the monster and relentless will to kill it drives him to his death, Walton ultimately pulls back from his treacherous mission having learned from Victor’s example, how destructive the thirst for knowledge can be.
The desire to succeed interferes with being happy. A person can get lost in the process of solving a problem so intently that they forget those around them, to eat and even where they are. In Mary Shelley's horrific Frankenstein an example is the character of Victor, whose unnatural pursuit of knowledge, of discovering how to create the perfect being, is so extreme that he loses himself in his creation. Frankenstein follows the story of the brilliant Victor and his many achievements, which go astray after he brings to life a creature in order to sate his own curiosity about the "mysteries" of life. It becomes difficult to picture Victor as a human being because he attains in-human qualities like the ability to go countless hours without eating
The replicants are artificial, the memories are artificial. Technology has well and truly taken over. Akin to Frankenstein, Blade Runner acts as a severe warning to the depressing future we may have if we try to push advances of science and technology further and further beyond the limit. As before mentioned, it is the hubris of the protagonists in each text that causes the highest diminution of humanity. In both texts, both protagonists seek earnestly to become God-like by taking on the role of creator, Frankenstein with the monster, and Tyrell with the replicants.
His concealment causes his obsession, a lack of preventative measures against the creature, and his fear of appearing to be mad. The nature of Victor Frankenstein secret derives from pride and the prevention of humiliation. Frankenstein discreetly gives life to a being in an attempt to escape what seemed to be inevitable; death. This hidden creation ultimately turns into a deranged monster who successfully seeks vengeance on Frankenstein and his family. Knowing that he is indirectly responsible for the tragic events that have transpired; Victor Frankenstein
“For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (Shelly, Ch. 5, paragraph 3). Victor’s creation on the other hand is displayed as malicious and demonic in the beginning of the story but we see his more human side as the story progresses, as he wishes for a companion, “I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species, and have the same defects.
Innocence and purity are tarnished when pride is introduced into oneʼs mind. Benjamin Disraeli supports this by stating “pride ruined the angels.” When people have pride they will go to extreme measures to remove the ﬂaws that surround them; this leads to them losing the morality and naivete that once established their being. The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, exempliﬁes the disintegration of integrity through her protagonist: Victor Frankenstein. At ﬁrst, Victor was a pure and intelligent human who once held a great passion for science and wanted to pursue his dreams of creating life; however, once that goal was achieved, Victor isolated himself from his creation due to all its imperfections and the overwhelming feelings from failing himself thus diminishing his pride.
When people go to see a horror movie or read a horror novel, they expect to see, or read about, possibly an infinite amount of gruesome and disgusting creatures. What people most of the time do not realize is that the creature in the story is usually caused by human error and carelessness. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor, the titular character, creates a creature in which he abandons almost immediately and shows no respect for him; which causes the creature to commit chaos in Victor’s life. The problem in this story is not the hate the creature causes, but in the evil of Victor’s selfish mind inability to see the havoc he can prevent. The first fault that causes Victor’s action is his tenacious view on life and how it works.