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Frankenstein Essay

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Since its first publication in 1818, by an “anonymous” author, Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus has inspired numerous adaptations, remakes and parodies across different literary genres. Reprinted again in 1831, this time with an introduction written by Mary Shelley acknowledging her authorship, Frankenstein through its discrediting of science and the omnipotence of nature, confirms ands challenges our own habitual understandings of the world around us. The habitual understanding I will be focusing on is western hegemonic rationalism and the dominance of science as the ruler and explainer of my universe in comparison to the earlier more romantic ideology of Shelley’s time. Frankenstein ...view middle of the document...

It is when he rejects these two sources of joy, and pursues glory through science, that his life quickly turns to despair and heartache. While science, devoid of morality, is Victor’s downfall, nature can be thought of his redemption “I was a wreck, but nought had changed in those savage and enduring scenes…the very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal nature bade me weep no more” (Shelley p.95). Thus science and technology are a negative medium through which to view the world, confronting our own habitual understandings as 21st century readers and influencing my personal view that nature endures science.
The monster in Frankenstein also started out life as a “benevolent and good” (Shelley, p101.) creature, but when confronted by the more monstrous society and its misery, he turned into a fiend. He represents romantic philosophies by his love for poetry and nature. His ability to extract emotion from the two allowed the monster to become more human “They produced in me an infinity of new images and feelings, that sometimes raised me to ecstasy, but more frequently, sunk me to the lowest dejection”(Shelley, p.133). The creature influenced my view of the world by demonstrating how perfectly human and wonderful it is to feel both love and suffering, as it produces character and wisdom. The same idea is strengthened by the metaphor of fire. It warms the creature and he delights in it, but when he touches it, it burns him “ How strange, I thought, that the same cause should produce such opposite effects!” (Shelley, p.106). The habitual understanding of my society is to use science and technology to limit human suffering and pain, but Shelley confronts this idea, demonstrating that humans need extreme emotions to truly experience and appreciate life.
Natural beauty is often a soothing influence with the characters of the novel, particularly Frankenstein, and it is an important part of the Romantic influence. This appreciation of beauty in a novel so filled with brutality seems an odd contrast, but it is part of what makes this story a Romantic piece. The healing power of nature is described through both Frankenstein and the creature. Winter is associated with death and sickness, but the turn of spring brings about new health and vitality “the pleasant sunshine and the pure air of day restored me to some degree of tranquillity” (Shelley, p.144). Frankenstein, so distraught by his responsibility for William and Justine's deaths, often went out onto the lake near his home after his family was asleep. The lake was so lovely that he often wanted to dive into it and let it wash over him forever. He wanted to become a part of nature that was beautiful and calm instead of being what he was, a man riddled with guilt and fear. The exotic, natural settings, from Geneva, the Rhine and the Mediterranean, contribute to the romanticism of the novel, allowing readers (especially those of Shelley’s time) to indulge in lush and desolate settings....

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