This is conveyed through short sentences and phrases such as ‘She bent forward to peer in, I flashed a look down the road, no one, and then I got her in’ that create a quick pace showing his hysteria. Clegg’s reaction to his obsession becoming a reality is similar to that of Dr. Frankenstein’s as he also acts differently to how the reader would expect with his disgust contrasting greatly to the years of studying told in his early narrative. As the monster comes to life Frankenstein begins by calling it an ‘accomplishment of his toils’ but his tone quickly turns into one of terror and regret. He describes this moment; ‘but now I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished; and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart’. The way Frankenstein conveys his feelings as he beholds the culmination of his obsession shows a deep antithesis of the ‘beauty’ he had expected and the ‘horror’ which had become a reality.
The creature has infinite potential, but it is Frankenstein’s prideful nature and negligence that makes the creature become “monstrous”. Frankenstein’s selfish pride stems from his unbridled curiosity and obsession. Frankenstein’s curiosity was first aroused as a child after he read a volume of the works of Cornelius Agrippa (Shelley 39; ch. 2). When Frankenstein’s father explains to him why he shouldn’t continue to waste his time on the reading the book, Frankenstein instead defies his father’s wishes and continues to “read with the greatest avidity” (Shelley 40; ch.
Bradbury’s The Sound of Thunder and Skurzynski’s Nethergrave are both good science fiction stories. Both of these stories are about scientific technology changing the life of an individual; however, certain underlying themes are different. In the former story, the main character, Eckels, faces harsh consequences due to a dire fear-driven mistake that he makes when using a new technological advancement to go back in time. In the latter, a boy name Jeremy chooses a virtual world over the real world where he feels embarrassed, awkward, and abandoned. However, both characters’ temperament is rather similar in some ways both being somewhat craven without being hardly virile.
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, which was published in 1818 on the basis of a dare to write a horror story, introduces many controversial issues; issues that were controversial in her time as they meddle with life and creation and question whether or not people are born as evil beings. This was a time when society, disrupted by the French revolution 20 years earlier, looked to science for certainty. Victor Frankenstein, a determined scientist, a man with a good childhood, in pursuit of his selfish desires; brought about his own downfall. These issues still resonate in the present time. Victor Frankenstein was very interested in the creation of life from a young age, and worked hard to find an answer.
Do Readers Find It Easy to Sympathise With The Monster? Book: Frankenstein Author: Mary Shelley When only 17, Mary Shelley wrote the novel “Frankenstein”. At the time of publication, it was a very unique and daring novel – it challenged long-held religious beliefs, it challenged people’s beliefs, and it challenged society. Because of this, I aim to answer the question as to whether the novel achieved what could be argued was it’s main aim – did it make the reader feel sorry for Victor’s creation? A pivotal Chapter for answering this question is Chapter 15.
The texts Blade Runner by Ridley Scott and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, accentuate the notion that humanity’s moral constructs are the cornerstone to having a sense of humanity, and assert the centrality of humanity’s integral connection with the natural world. The notions have been heavily inspired by contexts of scientific discovery, philosophical thought, religious doubt and industrial advancement. Shelley’s novel is a reaction to the rationalization of the enlightenment movement and the Industrial revolution’s scientific abuse of nature. The consequence of one’s desire for power over the natural and moral constructs is best represented in Frankenstein through the corruption of the protagonist, Victor. Intrinsically, Victor’s inability to neither comprehend his responsibility, nor feel compassion for the pain he has caused abets his corruption.
However, the values remain consistent and thus via the respective forms of the text, composers explore issues relating to humanity and unchecked science. Within each text, the composers similarly explore how when scientific endeavour is pursued without a moral frame, the consequences for creator and created, and furthermore humanity, are devastating. The impact on mankind is reflected as Victor Frankenstein brings his monster into existence. This is evident through the use of high modality as he says ‘a new species would bless me as its creator’ and ‘natures would owe their being to me’. Victor’s distant and cold language reveals his overwhelming hubris and reflects the conflation of scientific and Romantic paradigms.
His laboratory was his home. His work became an obsession. He was so preoccupied with his work, that even his fiancée was not as important to him as his desire to work. His ambition and drive to fulfill his dream of creating life eventually makes him the monster. Doctor Frankenstein had a thirst for knowledge.
Document Analysis: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816, when the Romanticism movement was quite popular and both Shelley and her husband were Romantics1. Enlightenment science was also a main theme of the time and feared by Romantics and the general public alike1. In Shelley’s document, the character Doctor Frankenstein is described as a “Swiss scientific progeny”, who is planning on trying to create life from death. Doctor Frankenstein collects body parts which appear to be perfect in his eyes, and blends them together to make a human like figure, which comes to life but does not look anything like the he envisioned1. Terrified of what he has created, Doctor Frankenstein hides away while the monster wanders about causing havoc in the town and eventually returns to seek revenge on his creator1.
From the opening letters of the novel Walton comes across as extremely ambitious and determined to ‘tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man’. The reader is also made aware of how dangerous Walton’s expedition is as from the very first paragraph it is associated in the reader’s mind with words such as ‘disaster’ and ‘evil forebodings’. Thus, once Frankenstein is introduced in the story, the reader can see how similar the two characters are, as Frankenstein also wants to ‘pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers’. The parallels between the two characters show to the reader that Frankenstein’s story is not just a “one off” but that it could happen again; therefore forcing the reader to take note of the message of his story more seriously. Frankenstein also realises this and so feels he has to tell his story so as to stop Walton making the same mistakes that he has; hoping that he will ‘deduce an apt moral from my tale’.