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The Importance Of Happiness In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The emperor in The Flying Machine was smart due to his understanding happiness comes from the simple things in life rather than personal achievements. He understood killing the inventor was worth the costs because he was protecting his people and his own pleasure. Victor was originally alike the inventor because he wanted to move forward in life believing it would bring him joy. Later on Victor became was the emperor because he finally understood the true meaning of happiness. Happiness comes from people and nature around him. In the book Frankenstein, the author, Mary Shelley, examines what happens when a person achieves all his goals in life, but is disappointed with the end result. What he desired most turned out to be his biggest…show more content…
He forgot the relationships and surrounding that made him happy in the first place. After failing to complete what Victor believed the creation should have looked like, he fell into a depression due to his dispiritedness and exhaustion.
Victor thought back, “I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (43). Victor wanted to create a species that was superior to his own, but once he took a step away he soon realize the horror he has created. Victor became plagued with the effort to create the perfect creature and ignored all the warning signs along the way. He became oblivious to all the ugliness that came with his arrogance of his depressed life. Not taking a break to do the things he enjoyed, such as writing to loved ones or going on walks, Victor became blind to how miserable his life was due to the creature.
Focusing on simple pleasures allows a person to experience happinesses because they are connecting with nature and the important relationships around them. After creating the creature, Victor was exhausted due to the amount of time and effort he put in. He was only restored back to life by his best friend, Henry, and by taking walks outside. Victor felt, “My health and spirits had long been restored, and they gained additional strength from the
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