The Aspects of Humanity

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The various characteristics of humanity according to Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley.

Submitted: December 04, 2011

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“So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.”

“The deepest mysteries of creation”, That’s what jumped out at me when I read this passage. The tone immediately grabbed me and got my thinking on how I could analyze this statement piece by piece. It got me wondering, why did Shelley used the words she did, what is the deeper meaning of this, and is there one single meaning or is their several. It comes off with a poetic flow but yet also carries a lot of underlying meaning. I believe that this sentence is the representation of what Shelly was utilizing Victor for as a character; depicting the underside of human nature. Each sentence assists Shelley portray Victor Frankenstein as a scientist, as a character, and a representation of human nature. It resembles the deepest parts of his soul, and portrays the human attraction to darkness and knowledge unknown to mankind. 

“So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve”, says Frankenstein. This very sentence shows the capacity of Frankenstein’s gain for knowledge, the confidence that he’s declaring, and the drive that he has to pursue his passion. At this time period in the world of chemistry so much has already been achieved, yet so many mysteries have been untold. This sentence shows what inspired Victor to discover the secret of life. Victor planned to pick up where they left off and discover the unknown mystery of life that has never been brought to the light before. Although this passage has an ominous tone, this statement also portrays the drive and motivation building up inside of Victor. He knows what he must achieve and as you can tell while reading the book, he’s not stopping until its finished. His chemistry professor, M. Waldman, taught him about the founders and original discoveries of chemistry which indefinitely sparked the passion inside of Victor and molded him into the character that he is later on in the book, lonely, obsessed, and yet passionate for further gain of knowledge. Another point that I noticed in this statement is how Victor refers to himself in third person to exemplify his acceptance of the inevitable. He fully understands the costs of creating life and he knows he won’t quit until he succeeds. When evaluating Victor as a character this shows what he’s willing to do to get what he wants. A good example of this is when Victor collects body parts for his monster. He goes through the process of sneaking into graveyards and digging up the graves to collect miscellaneous appendages. A necessary step in his creation yet it means stooping down to that level to dig up peoples loved ones. A perfect example of human nature in the means of the things we do to get what we want. A mixture of obsession, greed, and motivation; not all bad standing alone but when put together it turns out to be a bad combination. It clearly brings to the surface a few of the demeaning qualities of humanity. The next statement backs up his confidence in the search for gaining knowledge and his exploration for the secret of life. Frankenstein declares that it is only the beginning, as his studies and research go on he knows that he is going to achieve far more than anyone ever did. This foreshadows the long road that he must journey down to find acceptance in this life, and you know he’s not looking to give up. Victor Frankenstein will do what it takes to finish.  

Also in this passage, Victor states that he is going to explore unknown powers. No person has explored these powers like Victor set out to. Victor wanted to “play god”, he dissected the scientific process down to the darkest mysteries known to mankind. Whether or not humanity was ready for this knowledge, Victor was planning on exposing it to the world; once again another downfall known to mankind. Victor was treading in an area not designed for humans to step foot into, creating life. Although his intentions were good, and for the benefit of society, I don’t believe the answer was meant to be known to mankind. It’s a kind of knowledge that should not be explored or known to humans. Once you go down that road, you deteriorate the qualities of life such as individuality and uniqueness. Life shouldn’t be created by another human being unless it’s used as emergency medical procedure to save a life, not create one. 

When the monster was requesting Victor to create him a spouse, it represented the human need for family, or people who you can relate to and love. This made Victor realize the repercussions of his creation. After seeing what he created, he did not want to create another but he knew the monster needed someone else in this life similar to him. Victor realized the consequences if he did that, yet he knew what that meant to the monster, the feeling of loneliness, abandonment, and neglect. Either way he got himself in a position of no return. He brought a life into this world and couldn’t care for it or provide the monster with the needs it had. After all his effort and all the time he put into the process of creation, it was all for nothing. If the monster didn’t end his own life, he was destine for a life of abandonment and solitude due to the actions of Victor Frankenstein. Victor didn’t think past the point of his accomplishment, he only thought of the process it would take for him to get there. He didn't take into consideration the needs of the monster once he was brought to life. Was the monster going to have feelings? Did Victor need to construct an artificial surrounding for this monster to hide him from society? How would he fit into society? These are some of the things that Victor did not consider. 

Although this statement creates a visual representation of personal determination, self awareness, and passion, when depicted and analyzed it has hidden meaning of the downside of human nature. It shows the defects we have as humans and the problems with trying to bring life into this world scientifically. It is a downfall of society and when trying to create a life based on one of us, of course that “being” is going to have imperfections. Victor didn’t bring these imperfections to mind when studying the process of creating life. Therefor he left the monster to a life of abandonment, loneliness, and the challenge of making his way in society. Either way, it wasn’t going to work out and Victor pressed on anyways and created a monster who was a disgrace and a misfit to the rest of society. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citations

  • Jones, Chris. "Major Themes in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley." Associated Content from Yahoo! - Associatedcontent.com. Chris Jones, 24 July 2008. Web. 30 Oct. 2011. <http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/796197/major_themes_in_frankenstein_by_mary.html>.
  • SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Frankenstein.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2007. Web. 18 Oct. 2011.


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