Human Nature In Frankenstein

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The human soul is a greatly debated subject, not only about whether it exists but also about whether the nature of the human soul is towards good or evil. In Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the topic of the human soul’s natural state and malleability is discussed. The novel follows Doctor Victor Frankenstein through the creation of a superhuman creature that he immediately regrets making. The creature begins as a kind being but through a series of events becomes hateful and begins to destroy Frankenstein’s life. Romanticism is a major theme in Frankenstein as the raw beauty of nature is often described in great detail. Mary Shelley uses mirroring language between Frankenstein and the Monster to prove that although innately good, human nature is highly malleable and when under the control of a passion for revenge is inclined to evil.
Shelley employs religious light imagery in order to argue that nature is innately good just as human nature is innately good. The religious beauty of nature shows itself as Victor Frankenstein discusses the joy given to him by the scenery surrounding the Montanvert mountains in Switzerland, “It had then filled me with a sublime ecstasy that gave wings to the soul and allowed it to soar from the obscure world to light and joy” (102). Frankenstein uses alliteration in sublime, soul, and soar to create a sense of light when spoken aloud. The repeated “s” sound forces an expulsion of air from the speaker’s mouth, in a sense raising
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