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Individualism in Frankenstein

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Individualism in Frankenstein
Individualism vs. Conformism
To grasp an understanding of Individualism we must first look at its polar opposite, Conformism.
Victor Frankenstein wasn't looking for trouble.
But trouble found him anyways.
He wanted to be his own person, so much so that he would lock himself away with his studies, simply in the pursuit of science.
Mary Shelley's warning
"I wont interfere with what you're doing as long as it's not illegal, immoral or dangerous."
The Monster is the best and saddest representation of Individualism.
The Monster is the best way to describe individualism based on its dictionary definition.
Knowledge is a vast and fascinating thing yet we must be careful to not overstep our boundaries in what is for laboratory and what is for novel.
Individualism in Frankenstein
Victor and the Monster both show traits of individualism.
Victor shows individualism through his own thoughts and scientific research.
The Monster shows its individualism through being the only one of its kind as well as having his own thoughts and actions.
Methods of Definithion
Negative: Used to compare individualism with its counterpart for better understanding of the word.
Analytical: Used to better tie Individualism to the novel and my other ideas.
Dictionary: Used to give the littoral definition of individualism to help explain a character of the novel
"I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep." (56)
"...More, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation." (49)
The opposite of conformism, individualism is having your own though and meaning to something rather than blindly following the thoughts and theories of one man.
The opposite of Individualism, Conformism of following one mans thoughts and theories rather than having your own.
Science is the perfect symbol for individualism because its entire purpose is developing new thoughts and finding new ways to understand the world around us.
"How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips." (5.2)
The belief in ones own independent thought and action.

Being ones own person.
He is the saddest representation due to the fact that he is so different that all that see him despise him.
"Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man. I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs. When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?" (13.17)
"Conformism." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web.

Shmoop Editorial Team. "Frankenstein The Monster Quotes Page 3." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web.

Shmoop Editorial Team. "Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein Quotes Page 2." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web.

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