The Creation Of The Monster By Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

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Haskell Moore, a fictional character from the 2012 movie Cloud Atlas, once said, “There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well.” In other words, people who attempt to overstep the limitations placed on man by a greater being will undoubtedly feel the negative effects of their actions. This theme rings especially true in Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic novel, Frankenstein. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein boldly endeavors to find the secret of life and the key to cheating death through scientific means. When Victor’s countless experiments eventually find “success” in the artificial creation and animation of the Monster, it is revealed that his discovery oversteps the world’s natural boundaries, as it leads to the horrific destruction of everything he loves. Through the creation of the Monster, Victor’s subsequent downfall, and the interactions that the two characters have with their surroundings, Shelley explains how the natural and unnatural influence human understanding and behavior. Frankenstein’s early chapters do much to express the sentiment that Victor’s actions are unnatural and wrong. For starters, Victor allows his pursuit of scientific knowledge to fully consume him. Spending almost every second of every day reading scholarly texts and conducting experiments, he begins to neglect his family, friends and health to the point where he becomes socially isolated and deathly ill. This extreme decline in Victor’s condition is the…
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