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Transcript of Frankenstein
By Mary Shelly
Nature's Healing Powers
The characters in Frankenstein use nature as a healing method. Whenever feeling perplexed or disturbed, the characters seek for tranquility and peace through nature. As a Romantic theme, it focuses on the therapeutic qualities of nature.
The ambition of the character can be interpreted throughout the narration. Victor's self-absorption with his studies led to his ambitious goals. He begins to ignore morals, disregard his family and friends in Geneva, and jeopardize his own health. Robert Walton, like Frankenstein, is overcome by selfish desire to achieve something never done by man. He puts the lives of his crew members at risk in order to achieve his goal. While these two men are driven by achievements and goals, the creature's desire is to find companionship, acceptance, and love. He sacrifices the lives of Frankenstein's loved ones in his attempt to gain a companion.
Revenge became a major theme once Frankenstein rejected his creation. The creature seeks revenge after his encounter with De Lacy's family and his interpretation of the papers in his pocket. Frankenstein's seeks revenge once he realizes that his creation murdered his brother, William. The actions of the two characters directly affects their desire for revenge against one another. Like Prometheus, both characters choose the method of confrontation when faced with conflict.
Unlike Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein does not take responsibility of his creation. His creation's mental capabilities are that of a newborn child, yet he abandons him due to the monster's appearance and his feelings of disgust. Mary Shelley displays how a lack of responsibility and acknowledgment can lead to catastrophe.
The Modern Prometheus
Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton are portrayed as Promethean since they are engulfed in the pursuit of their dreams. Their pride prevents them from acknowledging natural limitations. Throughout the book, one can see how both characters disregard the well-being of other people for their own selfish desires.
"These sublime and magnificent scenes afforderd me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving. They elevated me from all littleness of feeling; and although they did not remove my grief, they subdued and tranquilized it. "(pg.65)
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