Mary Shelley's Worldview

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Mary Shelley’s Worldview

BY Katie

August 2, 2010

Every crooked worldview shares a few similarities with that of a Christian, Bible-based view. Mary Shelley, author of the fiction novel Frankenstein, confirms this thought. Frankenstein gives readers a glimpse of what went on inside the sad author’s mind. Such vicious ideas against God molded Shelley’s way of thinking and view of the world.

Interestingly enough, Shelley portrays Dr. Victor Frankenstein as God who despises mankind, his own creation and who is corrupted, heartless, and hateful. Unlike our kind and loving God, Dr. Frankenstein is afraid his creature and is constantly trying to track him down and get rid of him while trying to avoid any sort of relationship. In Shelley’s view, God runs from his beings, which she claims were only created by chance.

Life and its trauma often shape a worldview for some people. For Mary Shelley, though, man with holds the rights to blame God for all of life’s problems and trials. By reading Frankenstein, many people see that Shelley believes strongly that the reason of sadness and suffering were originally made by God because He is pure evil. She also feels that humans did not cause their own downfall, but rather God did because of how much he despises us.

Sadly, Mary Shelley communicates that nature was created for the comfort and pleasure of humans. It is a place of relaxation and a state of no responsibility. Instead of turning to God for their delight, strength, and rest, Dr. Frankenstein and the Monster continuously search the earth for refreshment and joy.

Shelley clearly states her worldview of a hateful, loathsome God who flees from his hideous disgusting creation. Those beings blame Him for their problems and trails. Instead of looking to God for peace and rest, the creation and creator both search for tranquility and refreshment in nature. Mary Shelley held strongly to her beliefs, making her thoughts very...
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