T.A. Taylor Loy 2
The Original Human Nature
The identity of a man is the sole reason why he does what he does. The beginning identity of a man is naturally good. That is not to say that every man is good at the end of his life. It is what a man’s experiences are in life that affects his ending identity. If a man should never encounter sorrow or grief in his life, then that man’s ending identity will always be that of a good person, however, if a man endures great sorrow and pain throughout his life, then that man’s ending identity cannot be prejudged. It is then up to that man’s morals and values, as well as his limits unto which he can withstand said pain. This idea is well expressed in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as Victor Frankenstein, the main character of the novel, undergoes changes in identity due to his experiences in life. To understand Victor’s ending identity, we must first look at Victor’s childhood and his early identity that was created by his psychological profile as well as his relationships with those who surrounded him. Frankenstein states that, “No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself” (Shelley23). Victor Frankenstein grew up as a young man who had a thirst for knowledge. However, his thirst for knowledge was not of a normal young man. For Victor, “it was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn” (Shelley23). His intentions were to learn the mysteries of the physical world. His aim was to find out how the world was created. Victor Frankenstein as a young man has the desire to learn the secrets of his Creator. Victor’s early identity is one that has not been tampered by sorrow or pain. Because of this Victor is a naturally good man who believes in education and the betterment of all mankind.
Victor’s early access to knowledge however was limited. All he could seem to get his hands on were ancient works of early alchemists. While these intrigued him, they...