The philosopher, Socrates believed that knowledge is the path to happiness, but knowledge is made up of many dimensions. Mary Shelley expresses the dangers of pursuing happiness through the obsession of knowledge rather than the reality that true happiness includes the emotional connection between people. In fact, exploring knowledge beyond its natural limits has unpredictable and unmanageable consequences. The author’s science fiction turns to tragedy by using a tone that is not only gloomy and bitter, but also solemn as she scrutinizes the scientist’s creation, morality and harmony with society. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the pursuit of happiness ironically requires an initial sacrifice of happiness in order to deal with the consequences of actions. Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with the mystery of life and although he begins his pursuit with good intentions, he becomes a slave to his passions. In his early years, Frankenstein is passionate about learning, but his emotional connection with Elizabeth keeps him from obsession. When Victor begins to work in Ingolstadt, however, he becomes engrossed in his studies from sunrise to sunset. There, no one can interfere with his ambitious pursuit to, what he believes is, happiness. “So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” (pg. 28) Victor refers to himself in third person demonstrating the extent of his ambition and delusions of grandeur. His assertive tone shows that he will not let any horrific consequences stand in his way. He stays true to his words by painstakingly selecting the body parts he will use for his ultimate creation. Such a task was difficult since, during this early eighteenth century time period, tampering with human remains was outlawed and spurned by the church. Victor was aware of his unlawful action; his guilt made him nervous and anxious “the fall of a leaf startled [him]” (pg.34). Yet he was determined to pursue his happiness. “My cheek had grown pale with study, and my person has become emancipated with confinement. Sometimes, on the very brink of certainty, I failed; yet still I clung to the hope which the next day or the next hour might realise.” (pg. 32) Despite the setbacks experienced by Victor, he pushed on in an obsessive state to realize his dream. He sacrificed his health and isolated himself from social contact. In essence Victor’s isolation and obsession cost him his sense of self and health. When scientific beauty turned into the awakening of a monster; Victor was unprepared to handle both his disillusionment and the consequences of his creation. "The beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart." (pg.35) Even though Frankenstein had selected the best body parts for his creation, the result was utterly horrifying and shattered all his efforts to create the perfect creature. From the time that he gives life to his monster, Victor is overcome by guilt and succumbs to period of sickness. This is symbolic evidence that is falling into depressed inability to deal with the monster and himself, so he retreats to care of his best friend Henry Clerval. The theme of sickness throughout the novel serves as Victors coping mechanism as a way of distancing himself from reality. His guilt builds when the monster kills his brother, William; additionally, it intensifies when he stands by to allow the family servant, Justine Moritz, die for the crime she did not commit. Further events cause Victor Frankenstein to spiral into the depths of remorse where he tries to escape through traveling. “You accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creation.” (pg.70)The quote, spoken by the monster to Victor, reflects Victor’s own hypocrisy and irresponsibility over the monster as his creator
English 12 Honors
November 13, 2012
“Frankenstein” was the first gothic literature novel. It was written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818. Victor Frankenstein is about a young man creating life and the obstacles he faces. Once he finished his creation he runs away from it because it did not turned out the way Victor planned. The creature soon runs away as well and goes out to learn more about life. When he soon finds out that humans are barbaric because they…
IB English P. 3rd
February 6, 2012
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Rejection and the feeling of belonging nowhere can lead onto a deadly situation if one allows it to. Grudges that grow from those who feel rejected and degraded might turn into an obsession for revenge. One may lose their senses when they feel alienated by becoming miserable and not knowing what is right from wrong. Victor Frankenstein and the creature both cause each other to become isolated and…
Instructor Chris Rock
25 May 2013
Final Exam: Frankenstein: Option 1
Robert Walton’s story shares many commonalities with that of Victor’s. He is an exploratory man by nature, on an adventure to the North Pole to find a new discovery. Unfortunately, his ship gets trapped in some ice and his men are worried they will not make it and die. He is ripped between his longing to make a new discovery and for caring for the welfare of other people, exactly what Victor goes through…
In Frankenstein the author Mary Shelly uses lugubrious symbolism, mysterious denotation, and sardonic imagery to show hoe love and personal reject can affect your lifestyle but also the ones around you.
Frankenstein’s behavior, attitude, and character is well defined by romanticism and gothic. The gothic being portrayed in this book is being provoked by the creature. Frankenstein gets a lot of his mystery and darkness from around his creation. From the beginning with the thought even being possible…
Mary Shelley was a writer, novelist, and biographer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein. She had already written many stories and short novels, and even edited and promoted the works of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley . But Frankenstein; the Modern Prometheus was her first work to achieve popularity and great success, despite the initial bad reviews, claiming the novel to be ''a tissue of horrible and disgusting absurdity''. Frankenstein recalls the events of the fictional Victor Frankenstein…
How successfully do Walton's letters introduce the central themes and concerns of the novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley?
Walton is a sailor looking for a paradise. He believes that it exists on the north pole, even though most people would strongly disagree with this hypothesis. There are many similarities between his character and that of Victor Frankenstein, helping introduce the central themes and concerns to the novel. Walton's letters to his sister are the frame of the story. Even the…
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This article is about the novel. For the characters, see Victor Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. For other uses, see Frankenstein (disambiguation).
or, The Modern Prometheus
Volume I, first edition
Author Mary Shelley
Genre Horror, Gothic, Romance, science fiction
Published 1818 (Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones)
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by British…
Personal Context - Mary Shelly
- Mary Shelley was born August 30th, 1797 (8th year of the French Revolution) in London, England.
- Shelley received no formal education.
- When she was 16, Mary married Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the greatest Romantic poets of all time. (They eloped.) Percy Shelley was a freethinker and a radical. He helped Mary complete her education...and tried to make her part of a free love community in which several people would share partners.
- She started…
might think. According to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, when regarding the theme of Friendship in the novel, it is presented with the notion that is a Community of Man, not to say a positive relationship between men but a simple sense of companionship that often involves enemies, leaders and brothers. Through these bonds, it is hard to say whether they offer the involved salvation or lead them to their own damnation.
Companionship or to say friendship in Frankenstein is found in the form of an…
HUMN 303 Week 7 Assignment
Frankenstein, a novel first published in the year 1818, stands as the most talked about work of Mary Shelley’s literary career. She was just nineteen years old when she penned this novel, and throughout her lifetime she could not produce any other work that surpasses this novel in terms of creativity and vision. In this novel, Shelley found an outlet for her own intense sense of victimization, and her desperate struggle for love. Traumatized by her failed childbirth…