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?
Finally, the monster’s passage of narration is located in the ‘innermost circle’. By structuring her novel in this way, Mary Shelley portrays ‘the humans’ as the most monstrous; as they appear to hold the monster captive and restrict the opportunities he has to narrate and relay his point of view. However, by forming her novel using a ‘dual narrative’ Shelley allows both the humans and the monster the chance to give their viewpoints on the other. If anything, this dual narration makes the humans and the monster as monstrous as each other, as both of them use their piece of narration in order to plot revenge upon the other. In fact, one factor supporting the idea that the monster is more monstrous than the humans is the monster’s reaction to murdering William Frankenstein.
It keeps posing questions such as, “What does it mean to be a monster” or “What does it mean to be human?”. The irony in Blade Runner is the blade runners (supposedly humans) act in an inhumane manner, “retiring” replicants due to their developments of human characteristics. Where as Roy (a replicant) performs a great act of mercy, sparing Deckard’s life. Roy appears “…more human than human…” (Tyrell Corporations motto) in his empathy and compassion. While in Frankenstein the creature’s fate is chosen with his appearance and societies prejudice.
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.
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.
More of this ominous diction that Shelley uses is shown here and it provides very disturbing imagery. The creepy imagery that is used really makes one's stomach turn so they can see the gruesomeness of the monster, and the gravity of the situation that Frankenstein has put himself in. This also helps us know how he must’ve felt in that position! Obsessed with the pursuit of knowledge, Frankenstein ends up destroying his whole life. He now lives in fear that the monster will kill him.
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. Our gruesome adventure begins
In both Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, we are introduced to monsters of various forms and natures. These monsters ultimately expose the true nature of other main characters within the novels and ultimately, humanity in general. The authors detail the inhumane cruelty that occurs in both novels to serve as statement of human nature and a warning for mankind. Both monsters in these novels are created, which begs the question: If one creates a monster does that not make the creator monstrous as well? In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, we are introduced to Victor Frankenstein; a man obsessed with discovering the secret to creating life.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the tone in the beginning of the passage starts out as ominous when Frankenstein has a “presentiment of who it was” (159) knowing that the monster has discovered the unbroken promise. There is terror and enragement of Frankenstein and the monster that shifts the tone to a more volatile one. When the monster finds Frankenstein and the ruins of the mate that Frankenstein was suppose to create it foreshadows the violence that will ignite between the two people. The tone conveys on the passage that although Frankenstein is seemed to be a man of wisdom and caring, he portrays hatefulness toward the monster and had never really meant to create another creature. His disgust with what he had created caused the
However the monster was brought into the world, isolated, unwanted and discarded; he deserved sympathy not cruelty. Modern day Frankenstein’s can be seen as people who play God, by making or taking away defenceless creatures lives. For example Cloning is creating another creature exactly like another; this is a type of modern day Frankenstein as the creatures know that the creature is going to have many health problems throughout its life. Terrorists can also be seen as modern day