Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

1615 WordsMay 7, 20177 Pages
When one looks upon something, they typically see only the most immediately visible aspects of the object. Take a painting for example. Let us say that this painting is a fairly faithful representation of the Hudson River. When the viewer gazes upon this work, that is what they will see (provided of course that they are familiar with the landmark). What the average observer might fail to realize however, are the influences upon the work, or how the political climate the artist experience might have be visible, or to take it a level deeper, the chemical composition of the paints and the technical limitations and techniques that contributed to the creation of the complete image. While an uninformed audience might judge the work based off of…show more content…
Perhaps it could be anticipated that upon his studies at university this would change, that maybe he would develop a deeper love for the subject upon being involved in the natural sciences in an academic environment where professors and peers would ostensibly be motivated at least partially by a sincere passion for the material. Unfortunately, this is not the case for Victor. Instead, he is motivated by messages delivered by those such as Monsieur Waldman, who relays that scientists can “ascend into the heavens […] they have acquired new and almost unlimited powers; they can command the thunders of heaven, mimic the earthquake, and even mock the invisible world with its own shadows,” (49). Victor has no desire to understand the sciences for the sake of knowledge, collective or individual. Instead the idea of godlike power and the inevitable fame and recognition that would follow its attainment are his motivators. Rather than understanding science as a thing to be revered in and of itself, Victor is only capable of seeing scientific progress at its surface level, as a tool that will bring him and his family greater reputation. Perhaps the most egregious example of Victor’s extremely shallow, status driven understanding of life is visible in the actions he takes in defense of Justine, or the lack thereof. He is the only one that knows the truth of what happened to William and
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