In Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein', How Does the Creator's Feeling Towards the Monster Change Throughout the Novel?

Topics: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Percy Bysshe Shelley Pages: 5 (2012 words) Published: October 12, 2005
In Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein', how does the creator's feeling towards the monster change throughout the novel?

The author of the famous book ‘Frankenstein' Mary Shelley came from the rarefied reaches of the British artistic and intellectual elite. While Mary Shelley drew her inspiration from a dream, she drew her story's background about the nature of life from the work of some of Europe's well-known scientists and thinkers. The sophisticated creature that billowed up from her imagination read Plutarch and Goethe, spoke eloquently, and suffered much. In the summer of 1816, nineteen-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and her lover, the poet Percy Shelley (whom she married later that year), visited the poet Lord Byron at his villa beside Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Stormy weather frequently forced them indoors, where they and Byron's other guests sometimes read from a volume of ghost stories. One evening, Byron challenged his guests to each write one themselves. Mary's story, inspired by a dream, became Frankenstein. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, She brings up some important issuies, which are still very, if not more relevant today. Playing god is one of these issues in Frankenstein. Playing god is still very relevant today as we are at the technological age where creating man can be done by the idea of cloning, and experiments have already been performed on sheep. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it tells you that terrible things can happen by creating man and gives Mary Shelley's views on the idea of creating life. Frankenstein also known as the modern Prometheus; tells the story of a scientist, Victor Frankenstein whose ambition takes him to create man which has dramatic consequences for him and his family. In Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein' the creator, Victor Frankenstein feelings change throughout the novel towards the monster, in this essay, I will explain and expand on what Victor feels about the monster.

At the beginning of Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein', Victor has a thirst for knowledge and is very curious about the human body "earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature." The hidden laws of nature is victor saying he wants to know how humans were built, like the dna code which hadn't known by scientist in the Victorian era. However later on after his mother death of scarlet fever "My mother sickened; her fever was accompanied by the most alarming symptoms," Their wasn't a high chance of survival rate if you caught scarlet fever in the time ‘Frankenstein' was set. So the way Mary Shelley's uses ‘alarming' suggests that it's almost certain that Victor's mother will die. Victor's thirst turns into ambition, as he wants to cure the world of illness. " Wealth was an inferior object; but what glory would attend the discovery, if I could banish diseases from the human frame." Mary Shelley in this part of the novel makes little hints about what's going to happen in the future to victor. " An omen, as it were, of my future misery." This type of writing gets the reader to read on because they want to know what bad thing will happen to him. Victor believes that if he can bring people back to life he can stop people dying which will eventually help him rid the world of illness, this is the first time he contemplates creating the monster. Victor does have some doubts about creating the monster, "but my enthusiasm was checked by my anxiety." However, his determination to cure and create life; as well as his ambitious nature drives him to ignore these important issues and create the monster anyway regardless of what the consequences may be.

The setting the night victor Frankenstein created the monster was "dreary night of November" it was raining steadily "the rain pattered dismally against the panes." Mary Shelley sets the scene like this to try to make the reader read on and interested, Mary Shelley uses words like "dreary" and "dismally" to create a negative image of what is happening. Mary...
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