So please forgive the random thoughts. Mary Shelley…I love you!! Dear Hollywood - you lying dung pile of literature-savaging, no talent hacks…you got this all wrong. He is among the finest creations the written form has to offer.
These are questions that most men and women ask themselves but leave unanswered. By telling a tale of creator and creation Shelly seeks to answer the age old question: Is there a purpose in life? What if we had no creator? Or worse yet, what if our creator had no plan for us?
In truth, Victor Frankenstein is the creator of the monster, and is the opposite of a monster by all appearances. He is a man of means and education with the purpose and determination to create life from nothing.
Rather, he seeks to build the monster because he excels at science and, in turn, is driven to do great things with his gifts. He is a man who takes control of his own life and gives himself purpose, not just any purpose, but one that would seem impossible.
This type of drive and dedication has a noble quality to it. In a generation where people are famous for merely being famous, how can one not commend a person for pursuing excellence and achievement merely out of personal drive and determination?
We hear this in his response to accomplishing what was thought imposisble: It seems almost absurd to think that Frankenstein can have this change of heart so suddenly. While the monster is lifeless he sees it as beautiful, but upon giving it life he sees it in a new way, in a way that stirs up terror and disgust.
Why is Frankenstein suddenly disturbed by his creation? What, in this moment, makes the monster a creature to be feared and hated? Rather, the change that occurred was within the heart of Victor Frankenstein. While having purpose, the desire and drive to create life, Frankenstein was blind to the simple fact that what he was making was actually an abomination.
Creating purpose in life worked because Frankenstein was able to blind himself from the fact that what he was creating was something that in fact disgusted him, and it was only when he finally accomplished his purpose that he was able to step back and see what he actually achieved.
Frankenstein sought to define himself. Once he achieved this self-definition, he found it to be completely empty. For many, the realization merely results in a restlessness of the heart and leads to a setting of new goals.
As children we experienced this every time we went to the toy store with our parents, always finding some toy that we needed.
We would kick and scream until our parents relented and purchased the toy, only to lose interest a few weeks later. The cycle continued, without fail, each time we returned to the toy store. Though we have moved on from childish things like toys, this same unachievable attempt at meaning and satisfaction lies in our hearts.
The only difference between Frankenstein and us is that when we fail at our attempts to be our own God, we usually look for new ways to become God. Victor Frankenstein, on the other hand, saw the futility in this. For most, the dissatisfaction and emptiness found in our attempts at giving ourselves purpose leads to new attempts at self-definition.
At his moment of achievement, Frankenstein saw that his self-deification project was failing miserably, and he was overwhelmed by the horror of his attempt to become God. He wanted a God. He got a monster. In Victor Frankenstein we find a man who attempts to give himself meaning in life but is ultimately destroyed by the pursuit of said meaning.
Victor Frankenstein is not only a victim of his pursuit; he is also a fickle creator whose care and interest in his creation is not much different than that of a small child. He is a creator who creates and then abandons.
In turn, we see in the discarded creature a being created for no other reason than the whim of a fickle creator.The main character of the Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is inspired to advance the field of science by attempting to resurrect the dead.
The book follows the events after Victor’s conception of a creature to show that using science to play God can lead to undesirable consequences.
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (–) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a hideous, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January , when she.
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Articles. 22 Jan Frankenstein author Mary Shelley (detail of a painting by Richard Rothwell) Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is obsessed with monsters, anxieties would have been compounded by a residual Christian belief that it is blasphemous for man to attempt to rival God’s creation.
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