In Western society, fear is displayed through mass media through the mind of the individual and community. The fear item is named and the response is dictated. A supreme example of fear inculcation with a directed response happened after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. From 9/11 came the so called “War On Terror,” the passing of the Homeland Security Act in 2002, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and its effect on the civil liberties of the American people, exponentially increased national security, and a reawakening of racially motivated hostility and racial profiling. Fear is no longer directed merely toward violent radicals but also toward senseless violence within communities, racism and intolerance, hatred and despair, and the devastation of arable soil. Fear presses in on all sides and thus created a new monster- a human monster. However, arguably, the first prominent monster in English literature was the Monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Additionally, Mary Shelley’s novel discusses fear and the dark corridors of the human heart. Through analysis of Frankenstein, these monstrous catastrophes can be prevented.
Throughout the novel, several characters depict monstrous qualities. One notable example is Victor Frankenstein, the main protagonist. Victor was born in Geneva, Switzerland, with supervision from Caroline and Alphonse Frankenstein, Victor’s parents. During his teen years, Victor becomes
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Victor Frankenstein had a great childhood surrounded by love and happiness. He had a very supportive mother, a best friend in Elizabeth, and a school friend named Henry Clerval. Victor also had a mentor, a natural philosopher who explained to Victor the ideas of electricity. Through his amazing childhood Victor’s curiosity was born.
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, acts of cruelty serve as the driving force behind many tragedies within the novel. Set in 18th century Switzerland, Victor Frankenstein embarks on a horrifying journey to satisfy his growing desire to create life. However, Victor and his creation are overcome by their selfish agendas and growing hatred of one another, creating seemingly endless misfortune for their selves. The enemies' constant misunderstandings of each other ultimately turn an innocent victim into an inconsiderate and hate-filled monster.
In Frankenstein, the main character, Victor Frankenstein, has a passion for learning new things, and goes off to Ingolstadt, Germany, leaving his family behind in Geneva. He then meets professor M. Waldman who introduces him to chemistry and other subjects that Victor later then became interested in, that is when Victor was set on creating a creature from death and giving it life. At
The author started by presenting the problem with monsters and how does it affect the human’s imagination. Next, Genoways presents a little bit of what happened during World War II, also “discussing the public panic that occurred after Orson Welles’s famous broadcast of War of the Worlds” (Genoways, 130). Later the author presents his legitimacy knowledge on both sides of the argument. Genoways uses examples of the real life event that happen in the United States in order to explain how the fear of the past is similar to the fear in now in days but deeper. Third, the author presents his point of view. Which is that if a human being gave in their fear will face the real possibility of losing their freedom. Lastly, he explains that humans need to find a way to being seen as a strong community, and that everywhere we go, there are
In the novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the character Victor Frankenstein can not be identified as purely evil or purely good. An interest in science leads Victor to create an evil monster, however midway through the book Victor develops sentimental feelings for the monster, even though he has committed many acts of pure evil. Victor abandons the monster which contributes to the overall theme, regarding nurture vs. nature. Throughout the novel, Victor is faced with challenges and hardships as a child that causes his character to become morally ambiguous.
Victor Frankenstein's characterization is slowly fed to the audience by indirect characterization, meaning we learn more about Victor through his thoughts and actions as well as how other character's act towards him. During the first few chapters, Victor is introduced to the audience as a doted upon he was "their plaything and their idol, and something better—their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven, whom to bring up to good" (31). This creates an more distance between everyone else in the novel and Victor, Shelley is already establishing that Victor is higher placed than the majority of others in the novel. Yet Victor is also a curious child he details his "vehement" passions "turned not towards childish pursuits
Victor Frankenstein the main protagonist of this novel is a scientist who wanted personal glory through scientific discovery. Victor grew up in Geneva, Switzerland and was an intelligent student. At the age of 17 he leaves for University of Ingolstadt. For the next two years he is a very profound student who rises to the top of his class and also impresses many of his classmates and teachers. He makes a plan to
After reading Frankenstein, the audience sees the way Victor Frankenstein interacts with his experiment and his excitement towards it, until the Monster is crafted and Victor is terrified of his own creation. The main gothic anxiety that Frankenstein plays with is fear; fear of the unknown and fear of the monster’s capabilities. The novel takes place in the eighteenth centaury throughout Europe and the Artic. The variety of locations that the novel takes place is significant because it shows the distance between Victor and whoever he is running from at that instance. While growing up Victor finds an interest in reading the works of outdated alchemists which leads him in developing an erg to learn more. Victor decides to continue his
Fiction authors help describe the main character with the use of foil characters. Foil characters are used in works of literature to be the opposite of or different from the main character to help the reader create a better mental picture of the lead. Mary Shelley makes use of this technique in one of her most famous books, Frankenstein Or, The Modern Prometheus. There are many different examples of foil characters in her novel, the most effective foil is Victor’s creation. Victor Frankenstein fabricates an unnatural being and this creature is used as a foil throughout the book.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 impacted the American people without many of them realizing it. The act called for increased monitoring of computer networks, phone lines, and online history inside the United States and allowed the government to deport suspects (ACLU). What was created by the act has snaked its way into all aspects of our lives, creating a sense of order and restricting some freedom. However, some say that this imposition into our daily lives limits our freedoms and actions allowed us by the Constitution. Many interest groups voice strong resentment for the act while others try to demonstrate the strengths and triumphs of the Homeland Security Act. This paper will show the differing viewpoints of those that feel that the
There is a correlation between fear and the amount of power people seek. Fear is instilled in us at an early age and infects our perceptions throughout our lives. Society has taught us to be afraid of crime, losing our jobs, immigrants, failure, and many other things . All these apprehensions are seized on and blown up by the media, the government, corporations and the Church, whipping us into a frenzy of fear. Robert Evans Wilson a writer for Psychology Today talks about the connection between fear and power and how people with power use that to their advantage. He says that, “An individual’s motivation for power is to acquire control over his environment. A certain amount of controlling behavior is a healthy natural survival instinct, but
A recurring theme throughout frankenstein is Family, Society, and Isolation. This shows the reasons for character’s actions and how they were raised. Throughout the story, Frankenstein isolates himself from his family to focus on his creation. After the creature is made by Frankenstein, he is merely left alone by him to find his own path. The creature receives little help from Frankenstein to learn how to do basic tasks and he eventually has to learn on his own. Victor and the creature share a relationship like father and son. But Victor leaves the creature isolated, without a family. Elizabeth, on the other hand grows up with a caring family but begins to get clingy and does not know how to do things for herself. Victor isolates
Point-of-view and perspective are very influential tools. Seeing different perspectives can change another person or observer's perspective. Thoughts and experiences influence perspective heavily. We can see this in our political climate, in psychology, and the way people treat one another based on their experiences, thoughts, and previous actions. This carries on to Frankenstein is the excerpt; he has a very heavily varied perspective than those of the villagers', and there is a distinct difference in thought. Readers learn the thoughts going through Frankenstein's mind, as well as his good deeds, actions, and curiosity with a will to learn and discover. If the story were to be told from the point of view of a villager, it would probably be very negative and completely different to Frankenstein's perspective.
Upon hearing that the town discovered young William’s murderer, Frankenstein begins to question how one can manage to find a being capable of such destruction, who only he (and the audience) knows is his monster. Frankenstein compares the immense difficulty of this feat to that of “conquering a mountain stream with a straw,” in order to convey his true sense of astonishment and simultaneous sense of panic. Because his younger brother, who delivers the news of the discovery of the “true” murderer, does not know Frankenstein believes his monster to be the true murderer, his utilization of an analogy allows the audience to grasp his sense of bewilderment. Frankenstein’s very sense of panic made so evident within his analogy seems to build upon this ever growing sense of panic he develops towards his monster throughout the entirety of the novel. On an immediate level, this provides major justification for the paranoia Frankenstein feels while Justine is being wrongfully tried for the murder of William.
By breaking down the two key words, security and defense, you find how each of these items are married together. Security and defense are to very similar words, one you are securing a given item and the other you are defending. So, wouldn’t you think that homeland defense and homeland security would be the same? You would, but they are not. Homeland defense is the of its self is the infrastructure used to defend us against any sort of external threat. Whereas Homeland Security is the strategy that is used with to combat these sort of things. It goes without saying that the primary mission of homeland security and defense, is to protect the citizens of the United States of America. Within the mission is the tasks, and each individual department has its own specific task. Now, with the specific task comes specific duties, responsibilities, and operations. From personal experience, most operations of within the homeland security/defense real are in some way, shape, or form joint operations. Now each individual knows their specific tasks, duty, and responsibility. Take for example the current situation in New York City and Elizabeth, New Jersey, you have on the ground investigating, the local law enforcement agencies, the ATF, the FBI, and Homeland Security agents. Each agency has their own job and their own input on what needs to be done while on scene. Here is simple breakdown of those task, the local law enforcement agents are first own the scene. They are going to