Lack Of Restraint In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Pride in an accomplishment is the result of a completely sane endeavor. To lose ones mind in the process of ones ambition is the loss of any control or restraint. Victor Frankenstein felt this lack of restraint when crafting his creature; it was a block that shielded his psyche from true understanding of what he was doing. Victor failed in his ambitions because he was engrossed in the completion of his experiment. In his fervor, he failed to realize the outcome of his actions and did not immediately understand his own reaction to what he had done. This failure is due to the flaw in his character, his inability to cope with the hardships that plagued his life, a haunting that he himself had indirectly created. He did not have a strong will and was constantly affected by disease (“fever”). Victor failed because he could not restrain himself, he could not stand the sight of anything even slightly repulsive and he was…show more content…
He had spent his days looking for the answers to his own questions on chemistry and the archaic alchemy, reading the works of several scientists who “promised impossibilities and preformed nothing” (27). However, Victor was one of the scientists who promised the “impossible” and somehow managed to “perform” the task of reanimating lifeless objects. It shattered balance of life; it overthrew the position of God in the true order of the world. If humans could perform such heavenly tasks, was there really an all powerful God? As time progressed, man would learn the secrets of life and perhaps find tasks that even the gods were incapable of performing. The fire was passed to them. The knowledge was the light from the fire that Prometheus had handed over to the creations so they, in turn, could create. It works well to bring in Prometheus at this

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