Underlying themes of Frankenstein

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This essay provides some of the underlying themes of Frankenstein.

Submitted: December 10, 2011

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Underlying themes of Frankenstein

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly written in 1817, is a novel with many underlying themes, Victor Frankenstein, the main character in the novel, a scientist who wants to advanced human life, as well as create his own human being. He has a lot of knowledge, and the skills to put together a human being, but do his skills and knowledge actually have the power to create life, is the true question we and Frankenstein have. This brilliant scientist has so much knowledge, and wants to harvest it all, this is a main theme we see throughout the novel, the quest for knowledge, and is too much knowledge dangerous. The discovery of what can bring new life is absolutely fascinating to Dr. Victor Frankenstein, never has he had more passion to create something than when he found out the secrets to life. Creation is another very big theme in this novel, starting with the creation, and eventual disgust of Frankenstein's first live creation. He was disgusted with what he saw, so he left it alone. Frankenstein used his knowledge to create what should have been a human being, but to him was only a monster, and his desire and knowledge to once again create, for his monster. Creation, is the secret of life, and Dr. Victor Frankenstein now knew the secrets of life and death, and how to cheat them.

One really big theme of Frankenstein, would have to be the theme of creation, as well as too much knowledge and the danger that can come with it. Creation and playing God is the very first theme we see in Frankenstein, with Frankenstein's creation of his “monster”, Victor using body parts of other people, to make and create a life. Here we also see Victor's obsession with knowledge, and wanting more of it, and wanting to push his knowledge to it's limits, and see just what he could do with what he knows. Victor had accomplished more than he had intended when he created his monster, his monster was not only alive, but had feelings, of anger, sadness, and abandonment. Dr. Victor Frankenstein was trying to cheat death, with his thoughts of trying to bring people back to life, “renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption” (Page 166).

I did not satisfy my own desires. They were for ever ardent and craving; still I desired love and fellowship, and I was still spurned” (Page 165), this quote expresses that Victor was constantly seeking more knowledge, constantly wanting to know more, create more with his knowledge, go beyond his limits and find out more. Victor wants to know the secrets of life, he wants all the knowledge he could possibly find in the world, and he wants to retain it, and use the knowledge for all it's worth, he wants to take the knowledge he has, and use it, to create. In his Creation of his monster, he has gained more knowledge, his obsession with creation left him with the life of a monster.

Victor managed to not only create, but his creation of life had several human parts to him, not just that he was made of human parts, but he had feelings he had emotions, that led him to do certain things, that the monster later is not proud of, as all humans do at some point in their lives. Some say the monster is more human than monster, because of this, for his emotions and feelings were not intended, yet he still felt anger and sadness, and abandonment. He recognizes his feelings, and what they meant he spoke of his feelings, and even felt sorrow, and ashamed of the things he did. Victor was playing God, when he made his monster, but he got much more than he had bargained for. Emotions were not the intention of his creation, only life. Victor may have the knowledge and skills to create, but he was willfully unprepared for what he got, with the knowledge he had.

Knowledge and power, life and death, they're all things we eventually experience in our life. Learning and gaining knowledge, pushing ourselves to the limit, wanting to learn more, questioning what we already know. Life and death, wondering why one person lives, as one person dies, wondering where life truly begins, does it begin at birth, or at adulthood, our first life experiences, and do we really truly live the life we are given, was that what Frankenstein was trying to do, create a person, who truly could go out, and live a life, that he was provided, or perhaps, Knowledge was the true purpose, Frankenstein could have wanted only to teach, and see what his creation could learn. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, had knowledge beyond many, especially many in his time. He went beyond the limits of his own knowledge, and ended up creating something that scared and disgusted him, a monster. Is there a limit to the knowledge we can obtain, is having too much knowledge really a dangerous thing? All that we can say for sure, is with great knowledge, comes great responsibility.

 


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