Topics: Morality, Human, Frankenstein Pages: 6 (2400 words) Published: January 11, 2013
Have you ever looked into a mirror and thought, “Who am I? How do I define myself as a person?” The question of morality is very complicated and can cause one’s self to look deeply into the soul and mind. Morality is defined as ones behavior as it is affected by the observation of these principles; these principles are the philosophical issues a person has. It’s the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are "good" and those that are "bad". The philosophy of morality is ethics. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness”. An example of a moral code is the Golden Rule which states that, "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself." The approach that reflects upon the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly is the moral/philosophical approach. This approach states that these critics believe the main purpose of literature is to teach morality and to analysis philosophical issues. In the book Frankenstein, the moral/philosophical approach was deeply and greatly reflected in the characters as well as the writing by Mary Shelly with literary techniques and the study of one’s emotional state. Moral conflict is one of the most important factors of the Science Fiction genre. We are given situations that are beyond our sphere of experience and asked to make sense of it with the values of our day. Because our experience is limited, we have to stretch beyond the precedence set by our time. We have to center our moral decisions on patterns set by earlier ethical predicaments. This is one reason why Frankenstein has been such a successful Science Fiction novel. It discovers one of the basic elements of our society and asks us to make a decision about our obligation to accept responsibility for what is being created. We get the option to determine whether we will address that conflict or ignore it and hope it goes away. Within that conflict, Shelley uses imagery and symbolism to help us understand the deeper undertones that course throughout the novel. The most vital conflict of this story is the creator vs. the created and it is the foundation of the moral dilemma of whether you allow a personified beast to mix with society or whether it is morally acceptable to “kill” it. Shelley illustrates the importance of this decision by implying the symbolic connection that we have with Deity and His relationship with the human race. In the Christian belief system, we have learned to apply the idea that we are descendants of a created being. We believe that the monster was the first “creature” and that we have all come from his posterity. With that foundation, Shelley asks us to question what we believe of our own creator and the way we want to be accepted by Him. There are two sides that we must consider in this question. The first is whether or not we believe that the master has a duty to his creation. A factor to think about would be whether we believe that Victor had a hand in his doings and was a teacher and mentor to the monster, or if He was just a casual observer of events. If we believe that the monsters creator was involved in his life, than we are more likely to accept the fact that Frankenstein made the nature of the monster terrible by excluding himself from his monster’s life and that he taught by his absence his lack of concern. However, if we believe that our creator was just an observer, then we will probably come to the conclusion that Frankenstein was fully justified in creating a monster and leaving it to its own devices. The monster had its own activity and it did what it could do within the realm of its understanding. Thus Frankenstein is not condemned for his works morally, even though his decisions come back to haunt him later. So what we believe about the creator of man has an effect on the way we view Frankenstein and his dilemma. The next question that we have to ask is whether or not this reasoning applies in...
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