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A book review, full of sources and examples, examining the context of the novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. Looking largely at the character Victor, the writer examines the faults and motivations of this character. The writer argues that the search for knowledge is the main drive within Victor to create Frankenstein. A theme this brings about is that of nature versus nurture in regards to creation.
From the Paper:"Victor's longing for knowledge brings us to the next theme that Shelley explored in the novel, which is responsibility. After Victor accomplishes his dream, he is suddenly faced with the reality of it, which is not pretty. Instead of owning up to his responsibility, he abandons the creature. He never stops to consider that something bad actually come from his endeavors until he comes face to face with the "dull yellow eye of the creature" (Shelley 42). Victor's dream of greatness is destroyed when he realizes that his creation is ugly and he simply cannot deal with that information. He says that the "beauty of the dream had vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart" (42). His pride and anticipation are squashed at the sight of the creature and, along with his dreams, Victor's sense of responsibility disappears. Dorothy Hoobler asserts, "Ironically, at the culmination of his research, the moment of his triumph, all Victor's pleasure in life ends" (Hoobler 159). It is awful enough that he leaves the creature to fend for himself but he also leaves him to form his own judgments about the world and the people in it."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Berry Laura. The Child, the State, and the Victorian Novel. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. 1999.
- Brackett, Virginia. "Frankenstein." Companion to the British Novel: Beginnings through the 19th Century. 2006. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Information Retrieved April 29, 2009. http://www.fofweb.com
- Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas. The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2006.
- Garrett, Martin. Mary Shelley. New York: Oxford University Press. 2002.
- Gould, Stephen. "The Monster's Human Nature." Natural History. 1994. EBSCO Resource Database. Information Retrieved April 29, 2009. <http://search.epnet.com/
Cite this Book Review:
Life Lessons in Shelley's "Frankenstein" (2011, November 06) Retrieved August 18, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/life-lessons-in-shelley-frankenstein-148807/
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