The Ideas Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

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The ideas in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein endorse the concept of man’s place in nature and contradict the ideas found in On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin. Although Frankenstein was written nearly 40 years before Darwin’s theories, the evidence of Darwinism can be found throughout the works. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein encompasses a strong desire to be educated in science that he would become fully enthralled in his learning. Charles Darwin had an equal passion for learning himself, such as when he partakes in his voyage on the Beagle. Darwin and Shelley were deeply entrenched in their studies, but the decisions they made in their research landed them in completely opposite directions. Both have agreeable views on nature in that man evolved from evolution, with the exception that Frankenstein intervenes with the balance of nature, which leads to his shortcomings in his life. Victor and Darwin’s ideas are agreeable in that they both believe that through natural selection; the greater species thrive and has led to what makes humans different from other species today. Their ideals differ slightly on creationism. Darwin believes that creation of living species should be left to nature without human interference, while Victor takes creation into his own hands and acts as God. These influences are directly related to the meaning of mans value in nature.
In Frankenstein, Shelley implies that Victor Frankenstein’s creation of the
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