Theme Of Isolation In Frankenstein

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In her book Frankenstein, Mary Shelley depicts Victor Frankenstein, a scientist whose intense drive for discovery leads him to create a monster, ultimately resulting in destroying him. Although the desire for research and enlightenment is generally perceived as a positive idea, Victor’s unrelenting pursuit of knowledge ends up being detrimental, leading him and others to isolation. Shelley illustrates the connection between knowledge and isolation with her use of lightness and darkness through Victor and his creation, the monster. Victor's pursuit of knowledge impacts his experience of isolation and of others around him as well, such as the monster. His pursuit of light results in an exponential amount of darkness. He explains, “Life and…show more content…
He mutters, “I shunned the face of man; all sound of joy or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation—deep, dark, deathlike solitude” (Shelley 61) Victor feels guilty because he is fully aware Jenine did not perpetrate a murder and the one at fault for doing so is his own creation, the monster. Since he creates the monster, therefore the death of Jenine is his to blame. Janine would not have lost her life if Victor had not chased after his dream of creating new life and obsessively acquired knowledge. He realizes the world would be better off without the monster in it. When he claims, “I shunned the face of man,” he wants to be alone and isolates himself from society because of what he believes he has caused, further reinforcing light’s contribution to the existence of darkness and the pursuit of knowledge is providing to his existence of isolation. He creates a new life form initially to be all around him and devoted to him and yet his only outcome was loneliness. As Victor is consumed with guilt because of the monsters actions, which ultimately reflect his own knowledge and creation as his creator, he and the monster look for months end to destroy the each other. After a few months, Victor is worn out from searching and he abruptly dies. The monster finds his body and cries “The light of that conflagration will fade away; my ashes will be swept into the sea by the winds. My spirit will sleep in peace, or
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