Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

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While the idea of contrasting right and wrong has been a popular theme in literature, it is most noticeably show in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Frankenstein follows the story of a young scientist who tries his hand at God and, to his misfortune, has to deal with the consequences. Victor Frankenstein is a promising young scientist in the field of chemistry, until he creates life in an inanimate body and the Creature he makes wreaks havoc on all he holds dear. Between the several characteristics and journeys undertaken in Frankenstein, there are distinctive elements that can be contrasted which enhance the importance of themes within the novel. First, one of the most recurring themes in Frankenstein is alienation and seclusion felt by the…show more content…
If he is a monster, it is society that made him so. He is, then, only a metaphor of a monster” (Bissonette 103). Bissonette chooses to highlight the effect society has on the Creature and how the Creature transitions from good because it epitomizes the issue of acceptance and love within the novel . Also a major contrast between Victor Frankenstein and the Creature is their purpose for living. Victor, despite making major breakthroughs in chemistry and making a name for himself, wants to be remembered as the one who can reanimate a dead corpse. Victor’s objective is to create a creature that, “would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me” (Shelley 33). This overreaching ambition is the reason Victor creates the Creature and, also, his fatal flaw. On a more humble side, the only thing the Creature wants from the world is to be loved and accepted. In the beginning, the Creature is born innocent and pure but eventually, through the vices and cruel experiences of society, turns into the cold monster known by the end of the novel. The Creature is able to see the love and reverence people are capable of having for one another, but knows he can never be a part of it, “[t]he mild exhortations of the old man, and the lively conversations of the loved Felix, were not for me” (Shelley 84). After he finally understands he will not be able to have a connection with another being, it is
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