Frankenstein's Monster and Victor

1508 WordsFeb 17, 20186 Pages
Although a large sum of the disobedience and obedience to authority in Frankenstein is pure disobedience, there are a few instances where a character was obedient—one of these occurrences involved the creature. The creature vows revenge on Victor for creating him, and due to this, the creature carries out revenge, thus illustrating that he obeyed his own authority. Erich Fromm explains that “Obedience to a person, institution, or power is submission; it implies the abdication of [one’s] autonomy and the acceptance of a foreign will or judgment in place of [one’s] own. Obedience to [one’s] own reason or conviction is not an act of submission, but one of affirmation” (623). When this is noted, it becomes apparent that the creature follows a form of obedience called autonomous obedience, which means that the conviction and judgment, if authentically his, are a part of him (Fromm 623). If the creature follows them rather than the judgment of others, he is being himself; hence the term obey can be practical only in a figurative sense and with a connotation which is profoundly dissimilar from the one in the case of heteronomous obedience, which is the “obedience to a person, institution, or power originating from an outside source” (Fromm 623). Autonomous obedience can be further divided into authoritarian conscience and humanistic conscience. Authoritarian conscience is what the majority of people experience when they follow their conscious, where humanistic conscience is “the
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