Throughout the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly, there is a distinct correlation between isolation and ambition. This novel was written in 1818, which is significant as women did not have many rights and yet this book is a great hit. The protagonists Victor, Walton, and the Creation all play an important part in this novel which attaches them to the main theme. Walton is an adventurous sailor trying to achieve an unrealistic goal, but stumbles upon Victor who is close to death. Victor tells the story which led him to this moment and, left his untamed Creation out into the vast world. Mary Shelley portrays isolation, which takes over these characters and leaves some with an empty feeling inside, while others are motivated and remain in a constant search for glory. Seclusion can often motivate people to construct unrealistic goals, without the help of a companion to open their eyes to reality. Since childhood, Victor Frankenstein has always been fascinated with alchemy and life through the works of Cornelius Agrippa. Discouraged by his professors from the university, Victor had his mind set to play the role of god and defy the laws of science by creating life. In Victor’s mind he was, “still urged on by an eagerness which perpetually increased,”(Shelley 75) but, “caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom I had not seen for so long a time.”(Shelley 75) Victor has kept himself in isolation surrounded by none who care for him, causing him to lose touch with reality. The moment it opens it yellow eyes, Victor was confronted with his horror and escaped the laboratory before anything else happened. Victor’s ambition had been fired up through rejection and loneliness, which is exactly how it ended up for him, living in constant fear from his Creation and having no one left as the Creation had murdered all of Victor’s close family members. People set goals as a way to feel accomplished, but some people might just go a little too far. Robert Walton wandered towards the north setting a goal to solve the mystery behind the magnetic North Pole. Walton is constantly addressing his loneliness on the boat during this expedition through his letters to his sister. Walton endures the opposite conflict that Victor exhibits, as Walton’s ambition has lead him to isolation and loneliness, while Victor’s isolation from friends and family had contributed to the goal of creating life. As his ambition grew, Walton expresses how he, “preferred glory to every enticement that wealth placed in my path,”(Shelley 7) even though he could have, “passed in ease and luxury.”(Shelley 7) After boarding the Victor onto his vessel, Walton said that, “One day I mentioned to him the desire I had always felt of finding a friend who might sympathize with me,”(Shelley 29) as he expresses his anguish and gloominess to someone who he believes shares similar emotions. Walton was left with his sister to sympathize towards, but as Victor entered his life, the truth he has seen the foolishness in his actions…
March 3, 2015
Throughout the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the main character Victor leaps into a realm of grotesque and appalling horror. Although this story was not the first gothic novel known to be published, the genre had only been around since seventeen fifty-four. Just the thought alone of raising the dead was enough to have people cringing in disbelief, and Shelley purposely hoped to evoke a sense of revulsion in her readers while…
Essay #1 (Revision): Frankenstein
An inspiring voice in early 19th century European literature, authoring the timely piece, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley inquires into an array of thought-provoking affairs that, with acknowledgment to the time being, remain largely unaddressed. Victor Frankenstein, on whom the novel is primarily focused, sets forth making sense of nature’s unexplained mysteries--life and death--by dabbling with…
October 4, 2014
Victor Frankenstein's monster became a monster due to the never being nurtured, being betrayed by his creator and being unable to communicate with others due to his lack of communication skills and his appearance. Through her story, Mary Shelley reveals the human trait of dealing with things that are different with revulsion and hate, something which tortured the monster throughout his life.
In birth, the creature is described…
In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, it is not just a horrifying gothic novel about a mysterious creature it also contains the authors ethical outlook on scientific and moral issues. Issues that Mary Shelly discussed were natural vs. unnatural or biotechnology, social expectance, and homosexuality. The moral topics that the author used foreshadowed on issues today and issues that were just beginning to be controversial topics at the time that Mary Shelly wrote her novel.
In the novel
, by Mary Shelley, the creation’s capability to be good is
illustrated throughout the entire novel. The creature displays his ability to be good at the
beginning of the novel. Once he starts to experience the negative actions of human beings and
the way that they respond towards him, he becomes miserable and develops a very strong
hatred towards human beings. This is what turns him into the monster everyone assumed him…
Frankenstein Critical Essay
The 19th century was a time of enlightenment where science and discovery were at the forefront of man’s being. During this time of enlightenment and exploration however, the ideas of Christianity clashed with man’s newfound affinity for science. Men like Darwin began to question the long held beliefs of creationism, and there was a lot of backlash, especially from the Church. Many people still were in fear of these new discoveries, which questioned and threatened to…
February 10, 2012
Grammarly Score: 80
Birth is a miracle, but in the case of Frankenstein’s creature, this blessing of life is a curse. In the book Frankenstein, the protagonist Victor Frankenstein plays God by creating life with his own hands. Society portrays this creature as a horrid, bloodthirsty monster, and society refuses to accept him as a human being. Frankenstein, the creator, fails to take responsibility for what he created…
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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…
Frankenstein Essay: Victor Frankenstein as a Parent Figure
Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley during the Romantic Movement. It was initially published anonymously in 1818, and republished with Shelley’s name in 1823. (Hunter 17) The story is about the creation of life by a man called Victor Frankenstein and his refusal to take responsibility for the human being he has created. Victor totally abandoned and rejected the creature. This…
When a baby is born, they are born with a pure and untainted mind; they have no knowledge, concerns, or worries. The only thing that is important is to satisfy the foremost necessities of life. Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, demonstrates how having an infatuated desire for consuming more knowledge can devastate a person's life.
Victor Frankenstein was a scientist who created a monster and brought it to life through extensive knowledge of science. This creation turned out…