The Failure to Overstep the Bounds of Human Knowledge: an Analysis of Victor Frankenstein

Topics: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Paradise Lost Pages: 4 (1099 words) Published: November 1, 2006
Many people set idealistic goals in order to better themselves, often the results can prove disastrous, even deadly. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein focuses on the life of one man, Victor Frankenstein, who tries to further the current knowledge of alchemy and science by creating life from death. "Shelley sought to explore not the opposition but the relationship between alchemy and science. That, in turn, was to be followed by an examination of the consequences of that relationship on and in human society." (Buchen) Victor conducts that exact experiment and relationship. His actions displayed the consequences in human society. Many people would argue that this experiment was doomed to failure from the beginning. However, Victor was not doomed to failure because of his initial desire to overstep the bounds of human knowledge, but because of his actions and mistakes he made along the way. Victor abandoned his creature and refused to communicate with him in any way. He also acted very selfishly, and kept many lies from his friends and family. The demise of Victor Frankenstein could have been avoided if certain actions and steps along the way had not taken place.

When the Creature woke up he was alone without a parent to teach him the ways of the human world. Unaided and confused, the Creature tried to communicate with his creator but he was incapable of speech. Frankenstein explained how he shunned the creature:

"I beheld the wretch---the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaw opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I

did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs." (Shelley, p.44)
As Frankenstein explains, he deliberately neglected to communicate with his creation, based on his grotesque appearance. If Victor took the time and effort to...
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