Shelley’s use of Galvanism and Genesis, with the support of biblical allusion to criticise humanity’s disregard for nature during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century is used to exemplify the detrimental consequences of science on individuals. The struggles face by the Creature in an attempt to live peacefully, supported by the Creature stating: ‘You gave me life…but left me to die’, emphasises on Victor’s lack of responsibility for his own actions, the repetition of first person narration ‘I’ and ‘me’ and the use of oxymoron capture the responders’ sympathy and leads to the conclusion that the Creature is possibly more human than Victor. The Creature also struggles to gain companionship from his creator and other individuals due to his grotesque physical appearance: ‘When I became fully convinced that I am the monster that I am’, this is supported by his statement: ‘My heart yearns to be known…’, the use of personification emphasise on the Creature’s desire to be ‘loved’ by
Frankenstein Personal Response Why Victor Frankenstein is Responsible for his Death When one initially reads the gothic tale Frankenstein, it may seem obvious that Victor’s monster was directly responsible for the death of Victor’s loved ones. At the hands of his very own grotesque creation, Victor lost his younger brother, his friends and his newlywed wife, Elizabeth. However, upon reflection on the actions of Victor Frankenstein, I concluded that Victor himself is indisputably responsible for the deaths of the people closest to him. I found these three very distinct reasons that support my thoughts: he created the monster, he rejected and abandoned it, and he refused to make a companion for the monster in the midst of his loneliness. As a result of Victor’s pursuit of scientific knowledge and the desire to infuse life, he created a very grotesque creature that murdered his loved ones.
Creation once was something biblically pure and reserved for God but Victor ignores this and his work becomes a mockery of purity “I kept my workshop of filthy creation,” the oxymoron undermining the implied sanctity expressing the depravity of Victor’s ambition. The pervasive use of irony is evident in the juxta positioning of Victor denying his creation friendship and the companionship he seeks with Clerval “nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval,” he
Saying the night is "dreadful, very dreadful" could be interpreted as Victor's homosexuality. This, at the time of being published, was still a crime punishable by death and these hidden desires we see Victor show could be seen as a 'darker' aspect to his psyche, even if a modern audience would see this as nothing out of the ordinary. We also see a broader view of this dark nature through the story of the DeLacey's. The DeLacey's who feel only dread at the sight of the monster, drive him out after he has helped them with their day to day occupations and leave him heartbroken. Saying that 'my protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to this world' the monster perhaps speaks of the link in human psyche, that because he is childlike he does not realise that there even is a
First of all, I am going to state how Victor resembles more of a monster than the creation itself. Victor only thought so much of himself and what he wanted to achieve that he really did not analyze completely what he was doing or what consequences this might have had. At the same time that these actions represent his selfishness and egocentrism, it evokes his madness. Victor became so obsessed with his ability to play God that he became completely detached from all his loved ones and humanity. All of this,
In the novel 'Frankenstein', Mary Shelley critiques society through the idea that the perception of beauty is of primary concern when judging an individual, the presentation of nature and science and the criminal justice system. This is simultaneously explored through Angela Carter's anthology of short stories 'The Bloody Chamber' in which she also critiques the importance of beauty placed in society. In ‘Frankenstein’ human injustice is explored through the treatment of the monster, the trial of Justine and the story of the De Laceys. In ‘Frankenstein’ the first significant event Shelley uses to critique society is through the creation, described as a ‘wretch’. He is cast out and neglected by society because he does not meet its ideal of beauty and this criticises the way we, as humans, judge character based on one’s appearance.
The concept of being brought to justice must be understood as a separate entity than judging; justice does not look down on you, it simply follows through with a formula to keep the equilibrium in place. In Act IV of King Lear, Gloucester truly believes he has done terrible things by his son, and feels as though he should no longer go on living. The fates knew that he was not to blame for his actions, as he was being persuaded by another. One may believe that fate intervened in his attempted suicide, when his more caring son simply tricked him into thinking he was at the top of the cliff. He yells to the heavens “To quarrel with your great opposeless wills, / My snuff and loathed part of nature should / Burn itself out.
I took refuge in the courtyard” volume one chapter five. This has established that without gaining knowledge of the creature that the being is seen as evil and a fiend. By using the words “escaped”, “detain” and “rushed” it implies that the creature would destroy him instantly and quickly, although, the creature is innocent and vulnerable as a baby is when first born. The creature has a child-like nature about him that craves love, care and attention. This shows Victor to be prejudiced through the use of horrific language to describe his own creation.
Or Is Shelly saying that human nature is bad and full of rejection and isolation? I would like to work on these questions by analyzing the moments of rejection for the monster and Victor, and seeing how these rejections in life affect their “nature” over the time-span of the novel. Frankenstein Research Proposal - Human
Victor discovered ‘the elixir of life’ and that he was capable of ‘bestowing animation upon lifeless matter’ as his knowledge increased. After finally creating the monster and noticing what he had led himself into he decides to abandon the monster causing death upon many. The evil lays in Victors heartless acts of disowning his creation due to appearance. On the other hand, Clerval’s father wanted Clerval to learn only what would be necessary for his career, he is implying to him that languages in this case, knowledge, isn’t needed, ‘I make one thousand florins a year without Greek. I eat heartily without Greek’.