For the first time, I felt what the duties of a creator towards his creatures were, and that I ought to render him happy before I complained of his wickedness.’ In the light of Victor Frankenstein’s comment, discuss Mary Shelley’s presentation of creators and creation in Frankenstein
In Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, the idea of creator and creation comes from a more materialistic perspective than expected form a female writer of the 19th century. When normally a ‘creation’ would be a child or a sparked love - in ‘Frankenstein creation is directly linked to scientific innovation. Generally, a creator takes responsibility for his creation - but in this case the creator (Victor) is the first to avoid the Creature. Shelley went against the ‘noble hero’ imagery and gave the characters more vivid and somewhat relatable personality aspects making some selfish and some desperate. We have to face a lot of Biblical related conflicts(allusions) throughout the novel.Victor is very aware of his success in re-animating life, he believes he will be ‘blessed as a creator and source’. In a way, Victor challenges God’s importance by giving himself the same title, as he technically is also a creator of life. Viewing The Monster as an extension of Victor - just like Eve is the extension of Adam. Initially, it is quite difficult to distill Victors’ positive aspects due to his closed off persona, perhaps, if the Creature is an extension if its creator, that is why The Monster came out with horrific looks. Regardless of the fact that Victor desperately tries to avoid The Monster, the creator and creating never seem to lose contact. Victor suggests that parents play a major role is one upbringing, how they either turn to ‘happiness or misery’ - ‘The innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery…’. Frankenstein did not show any parental affection towards his creation,...
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