Themes in Frankenstein Essay

664 WordsMay 21, 20073 Pages
Frankenstein deals with two main social concerns, the level of moral responsibility that a creator possesses in relation to his creation, as well as the issue of the moral boundaries that exists in one's quest for knowledge, including the fine line between good and bad knowledge, The novel also deals with two main human concerns, which include a person's goals or aspirations as well as the issue of pride and its affect on a person. Mary Shelley highlights the issue of moral responsibility by the fact that Frankenstein neglects the issue at first, but then realises its importance. Frankenstein completely ignores his moral responsibility in relation to his work initially, blinded by his emotions, but once he realised that he had…show more content…
Bad knowledge in contrast, is knowledge that is single minded, driven by personal gain, and possesses very little constraints. Pride is probably the most important human issue that Mary Shelley explores, with Frankenstein's search for knowledge being more a quest for glory than one that was going to genuinely benefit society. "A new species would bless me as it creator and source…NO father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs." Frankenstein's pride is blatantly displayed, as he disregards, his family, friends and his environment to spend day and night creating the creature, only to become conscious of the fact that it's a monster. His pride is further shown by the fact that he let's an innocent woman die just to preserve his reputation by not speaking out. The way pride is portrayed in the novel indicates that society back then was heavily based on ones reputation and prestige. Goals or aspirations is closely tied in with the other issues discussed earlier, in that both Frankenstein and Walton seek glory, but both realise, Frankenstein the hard way that glory comes at a price, and risks need to be taken in order to achieve one's goal, but its up to that person to decide where the risk is too great. This issue does reflect the values of Shelley's society, in that the three main
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