Frankenstein

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Frankenstein Essay
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is about creating life unnaturally and the consequences following. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a gothic fiction novel. The decisions made by Victor Frankenstein are considered unethical and harmful to human nature and lead to consequences for which Frankenstein must make choices based on: morality, past experience with the nature of the monster, and responsibility to protecting human nature. The story is Dr. Frankenstein telling his story to a Mr. Walton. Victor Frankenstein’s morality could be questioned significantly in this novel; his need to create life and have control over said life overshadows his needs to be moral. He surmises that he “will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (Shelley 33). The fact that he thinks this highly of himself is disturbing at best. He craves the power of creating life. Yet he also had to deal with threats, “I can make you so wretched.” (Shelley 162). Frankenstein argues with himself again and again whether or not to destroy the monster or create a mate for him. “It is not morally right for one person to unleash such a terror on the world to benefit only himself and his family.” (Gita). Past experience with the monster plays a huge role in the doctors ultimate decision whether to extinguish the life he created or create another life to keep the monster company because he is “a being which had the shape of man, but apparently of gigantic stature, sat in the sledge and guided the dogs”(Shelley 9). Dr. Frankenstien also has a responsibility to his fellow humans to protect them from this thing he created, his decision and the consequences he will face played a significant role in this novel “It was a strong effort in the spirit of good, but it was ineffectual. Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction” (Shelley 27).
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