Fear And Distrust : Two Major Vices Essay

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Fear and Distrust: Two Major Vices in Frankenstein
Many readers keep returning to Frankenstein, a science fiction by Mary Shelley, “to find ways of imaging their deepest fears,” yet I believe, on a bigger proportion, the book also illustrates the deep distrust among human beings, represented by their presumptions about others’ evil characters which are not true (Cantor 231). Admittedly, these two qualities, fear and distrust, often exist together, because fear always produces distrust, presumptions, and thus hatred, but I will discuss them separately. As a result of the two vices, Frankenstein tells Walton a false moral on the former one’s death bed,
Avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries. Yet why do I say this? I have myself been blasted in these hopes, yet another may succeed. (Shelley 224)
Frankenstein asserts this moral because he himself cannot succeed but has paid a heavy price for his ambition; however, his experience is not any evidence or proof for others’ failures. In this essay, I shall point out the two deadly vices that cause Frankenstein and his family’s final destruction— I shall do this by offering examples, illustrating that we should criticize human fears and condemn our presumptions about others’ characters, which are the real “monsters” in this novel— without these two evil qualities, success of ambitions may become possible. In the end, I shall also form a comparison between

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