Author of the novel Frankenstein, Marry Shelley, discusses many significant and debatable issues as forms of themes and motifs through the characters and their actions in the novel. These themes and motifs represent her own life experiences as well as the social problems during the time period. The most important themes that the author reveals in the novel are the life and death, alienation, and family. One of the themes that the author depicts the most frequently is the concept of life and death which is represented through Victor’s creation of a monster. Victor, who was very talented at natural science, a subject that most of his professors thought ridiculous, succeeds in creating a human life form. As a creator of a monster, Victor takes role as a women who gave a birth to a creature. While Victor was working in his laboratory making a creature, “winter, spring, and summer passed away” (47). This passing time is nine months which is equal to the time required for a human baby to be formed in mother’s womb. This represents that Victor is not only a creator but has a role of mother who is responsible for her belongings. Later on the story, Victor has no purpose in life other than getting rid of the monster and therefore only focuses on making a new form of life, a process which, at the time period, was the only purpose of most women. An example of weak and powerless women is also depicted as the condemnation of Justine. She was convicted of a crime that she did not commit and eventually sentenced to a death penalty. Through the theme of life and death and the responsibility that comes with it, Shelley criticizes Victor who has abandoned his own creature. After creating a life, Victor felt that “the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled his (my) heart” (51). He was “unable to endure the aspect of the being he (I) had created”(51). This horror and detest toward his own creature is quite different from his first belief in which he thought “a new species would bless him (me) as its creator and source”(48). He wanted to create his own child who unconditionally obeys and loves him until he realizes the ugliness of his creature. The tragedy that happens to Victor is mainly because of his lack of responsibility and through this tragedy, Shelley emphasizes the high morals of life and responsibility of caring children. The theme that mainly depicted by one of two main characters, the monster, is alienation. The monster suffers his entire life because of his alienation from human beings by its terrible outlook :“his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath … his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips” (51). It was not only the Victor who had abandoned the monster but also every human beings. The villagers, after the monster “had hardly placed his (my) hoot within the door before the children shrieked” (102), threw stones at him. People, even the DeLacy family which he admired and believed to understand him, judged him only by his outlook and this isolation made the monster to realize that he “was absolutely ignorant” (107) and therefore will never be accepted in the human society. He then asks Victor to create “ a female for him (me), with whom he (I) can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for his (my) being.” (129). But even his last desire to be loved has vanished by Victor when he tears the female creature right before he finishes the work. The violation and tragedy caused by the alienation…
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…
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…
Comparative Essay: Frankenstein and Blade Runner
“In what ways does a comparative study accentuate the distinctive contexts of Frankenstein and Blade Runner?”
A comparative study of Mary Shelly’s classic novel “Frankenstein” and Ridley Scott’s film “Blade Runner” allows the common issues between the texts to be explored and accentuates the vastly differing contexts in which they were composed. Despite their composition being separated by 200 years, Shelly and Scott shared a similar perspective…
roles covertly. In her novel Frankenstein, her characters reflected how she felt men and women fit in her society. Another author, Mary Wollstonecraft, chose to take a more direct route with her work “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” In this work, she outlines all the mistreatment women endured and denounced the idea that women were inferior. Both authors used their powerful writing skills to influence their patriarchal society.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, it becomes clear early on that…
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.
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…
I just could not say no to her; she was just too nice, and plus she believed in me, and that does not happen often. Thanks to literacy I had the opportunity to read novels such as Frankenstein and Catcher in the Rye, and to advance my writing through speech.
Our first book we had to read was Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. It was a book I thought I could understand, but I was so wrong. Our first day of open discussion and the questions flying around the class confused me to no end, when it came down…
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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…
Explore the way Shelley uses the idea of the brutality of human nature in ‘Frankenstein.’ Refer to Lionel Shriver’s ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ and the ‘Nature versus Nurture debate in your answer.
In Frankenstein the theme of the brutality in human nature is presented in the eponymous character, with an ‘eager desire to learn’ and an obsessive nature, which obstructs his personal relationships and displaces his sense of humanity. This obsession is heightened by the idea of creating life…
Frankenstein’s Nature vs. Nurture
Nature vs. Nurture is a prevalent theme throughout this novel. “Nature (our genes) and nurture (our environment) affect our individual differences in behavior, mental processes, and personality. Together, they define what makes distinguishes us from one another.” In this essay I will draw parallel to how Victor Frankenstein and the monster grew up in order to explain how nature and nurture both play a prominent role in the creation…