Good Intentions Destroyed in Frankenstein

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In “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, good intentions are destroyed by ambitious, selfish, and disrespectful behavior. Frankenstein along with the creature, although seemingly different in personalities, have many characteristics that interlock with each other creating a suspenseful plot filled with good intentions that are never fully executed. Dominance is a reoccurring theme in “Frankenstein” as both Victor Frankenstein, himself, and the creature strive to be perfect in every task they preform. Although that strive for excellence may be a quality that many wish to attain, the intentions of both Frankenstein and the creature are shattered due to their behaviors. As Frankenstein embarks on adventures whose outcomes are not what he predicts, his intentions become overshadowed by the actions he has toward nature and other characters. Frankenstein’s “thoughts supported [his] spirits, while [he] perused [his] undertaking with unremitting ardour” (Shelley 44). His thoughts are always surpassing his ambitions and reflect in the outcome of his actions. Throughout the novel, the creature also struggles in separating his emotions from the actions he makes that cause him make involuntary outbreaks causing the death of a few people.

Neglecting his family to travel away for many years and aspiring to create his new species, Frankenstein’s good intentions are destroyed by his ambitious character. As Frankenstein is so focused on creating his new creature, he abandons his family and leaves them without contact to Frankenstein for many long periods of time. Preparing for the commencement of creating the creature, Frankenstein “doubted not that I should ultimately succeed” (Shelley 44). He is very confident in his experiment so much that he loses contact with many of his closest friends and even family. As “[a] new species will bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me” (Shelley 44). Frankenstein’s intentions to create this new species that will call him master are destroyed by his ambitious actions. While constructing the monster, Frankenstein seems “to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit” (Shelley 45). Frankenstein is very concentrative on finishing his creation that he loses his awareness to the world around him and how his actions are greatly affecting others. The creature is also a character whose ambitious actions destroy his good intentions. As he is awaiting the coming of his mistress that Frankenstein is creating, he, much like Frankenstein, becomes infatuated with the thought of a new creation. Having a companion, the creature will “feel the affections of a sensitive being and become linked to the chain of existence and events from which I am now excluded” (Shelley 150). The creatures desire for a partner is so great and he says anything so that Frankenstein will create another like himself. After Frankenstein decides that it is not in his best interest to create the second creature and he destroys it, the creature becomes very angered and aggravated. The creature scolds Frankenstein saying “[y]ou can blast my other passions, but revenge remains— revenge, henceforth dearer than light or food” (Shelley 173). Although originally the creature is pleased with the work of Frankenstein, when his true love it destroyed, his ambitious character destroys the intentions of the creature. The act that Frankenstein preforms by dismantling the second creature is also an example of how his good intention is destroyed my his selfishness.

Victor Frankenstein always prioritizes himself in his life and through the different decisions he makes, it is evident that Frankenstein’s character is quite selfish and greedy. Although Frankenstein professes his love to Elizabeth, after the execution of Justine, he decides that it is best for him to travel away from his whole family so he can be on his own with nature. This is an example of the selfishness of Victor...
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