Victor's Mistakes In Frankenstein

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Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.” Being human is making mistakes. We make mistakes because we are capable of being scared, overconfident, zealous, and joyous. This myriad array of emotions both coerces and condemns our every action, dooming us to a life of acting on impulse and striving for perfection. Emotions can push us to do great things, yet also tempt us towards evil. Our capacity to act beyond primal instinct is what makes us human. In the first place, our ability to achieve greatness knows no bounds. Dr. Frankenstein, in an attempt to “learn the hidden laws of nature,” sought to create life by reanimating the flesh of the deceased. His curiosity and “inquiries directed…show more content…
The easy way is often referred to as the wrong way and in some cases this is true, such as when Victor ignored his creation. By not facing his fears he was granted the absence of the monster, but only contributed to emanate problem just on the horizon. Victor’s tone of boastful arrogance soon turned to forlorn warning when he “Had finished and saw, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled his heart” (Shelley, 42). A fantastic example of the “easy way out” could be found in The Importance of Being Earnest. As Jack quickly finds out, lying about your true name to win the girl of your dreams can be successful, but also have consequences. Our emotions and needs can lead us down a shameful path and although we may get everything we wanted, our journey to get there may be bombarded with sinister deeds. These acts can leave us with negative emotions such as depression. Victor struggled to battle his inner demons and he suffered from a strong case of depression. This depression would leave him as useless and dull. Passion can motivate us to do wonderful things, but how we harness that passion is what defines us as…show more content…
We are blessed with the ability to know our mothers. We are also getting glimmers of how we are related to space and time. We can ask, “What am I? What is this place? And how am I related to it?” This type of thinking bestows images of life and death that Virginia Woolf has mastered to present to us. In her essay The Death of the Moth she writes, “It was as if someone had taken a tiny bead of pure life and decking it as lightly as possible with down and feathers, had set it dancing and zigzagging to show us the true nature of life.”

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