Science And Religion In Frankenstein

Topics: Science, Monster, Religion Pages: 9 (1718 words) Published: April 1, 2015
VICTOR USURPS THE ROLE OF GOD AND CREATOR
• 

Victor’s
 crea,on
 of
 the
 monster
 from
 dead
 ma2er
 to
 a
 living
 being
 is
 approached
 purely
 
scien,fically
 and
 in
 an
 empirical
 manner.
 Taking
 his
 studies
 of
 the
 natural
 world
 and
 
philosophers,
 he
 creates
 life
 and
 directly
 challenges
 the
 comfortable
 certain,es
 of
 religion.
 

• 

 By
 Victor’s
 example
 there
 is
 no
 longer
 just
 one
 benevolent
 God
 who
 bestows
 life,
 calling
 into
 
ques,on
 the
 natural
 order
 of
 religion.
 

• 

Arguably,
 Victor
 has
 enacted
 the
 most
 pronounced
 form
 of
 blasphemy
 by
 equa,ng
 himself
 with
 
God
 and
 blessing
 himself
 the
 monsters
 ‘creator
 and
 source’.
 

• 
• 

Shelley
 suggests
 that
 this
 is
 his
 main
 crime;
 his
 presump,on
 in
 displacing
 God
 as
 creator.
 
 
However,
 perhaps
 the
 crime
 that
 Victor
 is
 regre2ably
 most
 remorseful
 for
 is
 not
 what
 he
 does,
 
but
 what
 he
 fails
 to
 do;
 nurture
 his
 crea,on.
 The
 resul,ng
 chaos
 produced
 from
 the
 monsters
 
crea,on
 only
 ensues
 because
 he
 is
 incapable
 of
 bearing
 responsibility
 for
 what
 he
 gives
 life
 to.
 
Mellor
 states,
 “In
 his
 a2empt
 to
 override
 evolu,onary
 development
 and
 to
 create
 a
 new
 species,
 
Victor
 Frankenstein
 becomes
 a
 periodic
 perpetrator
 of
 the
 orthodox
 crea,onist
 theory.
 On
 the
 
one
 hand,
 he
 denies
 the
 unique
 power
 of
 God
 to
 create
 organic
 life.
 At
 the
 same
 ,me
 he
 
confirms
 the
 capacity
 of
 a
 single
 creator
 to
 originate
 a
 new
 species
 [yet]
 only
 creates
 a
 monster”
 
Frankenstein
 also
 seeks
 to
 adopt
 the
 power
 of
 women,
 and
 in
 this
 he
 may
 be
 revealing
 his
 
rebellion
 against
 the
 regular
 family
 unit
 and
 the
 responsibili,es
 involved
 in
 belonging
 to
 such
 
unit.
 Victor’s
 ‘workshop
 of
 filthy
 crea,on’
 may
 have
 womb-­‐like
 connota,ons.
 
 
 

• 

• 

• 

Victor
 serves
 as
 a
 creator
 by
 mirroring
 the
 abili,es
 of
 God
 by
 bringing
 about
 life,
 yet
 fails
 to
 fulfil
 
the
 needs
 of
 his
 crea,on
 as
 a
 creator
 by
 abandoning
 his
 monster.
 

• 

In
 Chapter
 10,
 (page
 124)
 when
 the
 monster
 and
 Victor
 meet
 in
 the
 valleys,
 the
 monster’s
 
interac,ons
 with
 Victor
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