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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 14, 2011

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Submitted: August 14, 2011




Every time, when I read this book, I spent a lot of time trying to understand the meaning of the words, understanding the monster and Victor Frankenstein. What was Mary Shelly trying to say through Victor and the monster?  Mary Shelly showed through the nature of humankind that humans have two faces. This is the beginning of mankind’s problem. Mary Shelly expresses her emotions about human nature very well. Also, she shows how that the humankind is haughty by challenging God. In the same way, she tries warns and worries the readers of the advances of science. Mary Shelly was ahead of her time. 

“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 luxuriance’s 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 shrivelled complexion and straight black lips” (Shelly).

When we read this part, we do not need to know any characteristics about the monster anymore; he was ugly and scary. This expression showed everything about how Frankenstein thought about the monster, and why he ran away from him.  Frankenstein did not have any responsibility, sympathy, and morality about his creature. Also, Frankenstein was scared and disappointed about creating the dark terrible monster. He ran away from the darkness because the darkness increased and spread out widely. 

“Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice. I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous” (Shelly).

 Mary Shelly shows us the difference between Frankenstein and God through a monster. God always tries to protect human beings with love and sympathy. He never turns his back from us. Even though we create many sins and deny the rules of God, he will always be with us. However, Frankenstein runs away from his creature because the monster looks different and is stronger than he, even though the monster begs Frankenstein to join him. God was successful after his creation of humankind giving us the correct characteristics, but Frankenstein failed. This show human’s limitations and the differences between God and Frankenstein. My point of view is that the paragraph shows the inherently good. That is, humans are born with goodness, but humans can change by circumstances and sexual desire. The monster was born with goodness, but he murdered people who he rejected him. Also, Frankenstein is a good gentle man, but he abuses the monster. He had a chance to kill the monster, but he could not do it.  He shows human weakness, sensibility, and may be a little bit of sympathy, or his inherent goodness makes him not kill the monster. Thus, Frankenstein and the monster are assaultive individual and damaged individual.

Also, to create the monster is showing how much people are interested in science at that time. When tragedy happens, it shows the haughtiness of humankind for challenging God and warning and worrying about the advanced development in science. To create the monster, reminds me of the Biblical “Tower of Babel.” Humans vied for God’s omniscience power, so they started to build the tower of Babel to reach God. He was inflamed with rage. Thus, he broke up humans by using different languages. Maybe, that started problems in human society.

Developing scientific technology and techniques bring about renovation in humans’ necessities of life, such as food, clothes, and shelter. The wide spectrum of social changes humans’ intake has resulted in genetic engineering. It is a possibility to make substitute food, and it helps a shortage of food. However, even though the developing of genetic engineering contributes to human life, it also causes many problems.  Eating the food that has been changed genetically brings new diseases. Thus, humans have to find solutions and deal with new problems. It is a never ending story.  Mary Shelly was ahead of her time. 

“The conflict between the two can be interpreted as a semiotic battle between Victor representative of human community in general, and the Creature, in search of identity and social niche. This naming contest and its structure extend beyond interactions with Victor” (Bernatchez).

Like what the author says, we are very judgmental about the others. We think if someone is different than we, we isolate them from our society. It could be color, sex, economy, different beliefs and appearance. Victor always calls his creation a “monster”, a “demon”, or a “devil”. It shows Victor Frankenstein being distinguished and always reminding himself how the monster is different in the human community and why the monster is rejected by people. People do not try to understand other people’s emotions. They may not like a person or they may think someone is different and would abuse the outcast. This reflects on our heartless society. Also, Frankenstein does not name the monster because he denies the monster’s existence and wants to deny the monster’s identity. The rejection from society could result in crime. Therefore, we are all convicts.

Victor Frankenstein is a great scientist, but his methods and obsession lead him into danger.  He needs to understand his limitations in science.  We must know that we are safe with whatever we are trying to do.  The author Mary Shelley is showing her readers how the heartlessness of humans can possibly be for challenging God’s rules.  She is also saying that humankind needs to know his/her limitations and abilities.  In recent years, genetic engineering has made remarkable progress. The development introduced a new era in the advancement of mankind. The Frankenstein novel is warning to us that we are living in an ever-changing and constantly evolving time of science. Frankenstein has more meaning for people in the twenty first century than for people who lived time in 1818. Mary Shelly was ahead of her time.  The monster and Victor show the nature of humankind that humanity has two faces.  The book Frankenstein will be our future very soon.







Works Cited


Bernatchez, Josh. "Monstrosity, Suffering, Subjectivity, and Sympathetic." (july 1, 2009).

Shelly, Mary. Frankenstein. n.d.

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