Destiny And Frankenstein Essay

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"Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction." Victor Frankenstein says this right before telling Walton his story.Destiny played an important role in the book Frankenstein. Victor sees it as the force that caused his downfall. He blames most of what has happened on destiny. At first it was hisdestiny to build the monster, afterwards he says it is his destiny to destroy it. Victor feltas if some force was making him experiment, that some force was making him make themonster and he had no control over it. This is why when he was building the monster heshut him self off from everything else and committed himself to his experiment. Hedidn't have to do this but something was driving him to, and it might have been hiscuriosity and his wanting to cheat death, or play god, or do something no one else hadever done before, but also, he may have had those characteristics because he was destinedto have them. Maybe this all happened so he and others can understand that you shouldn'tplay god, but then after he built the monster it was his destiny to destroy it. As a result ofVictor's actions, many of his loved ones died, Elizabeth, William, Justine, and his father.After Victor made the monster his destiny became to be punished for it, but could Victorhave prevented all this? Maybe, and maybe not.The answer to that question depends on whether you believe in destiny or not. Isdestiny really so powerful that Victor had no control over it? Could Victor's destiny havebeen different if he hadn't built the monster? Could Victor have sustained from buildingthe monster, or was destiny too powerful? How about the part when Victor destroys thefemale monster, what would have happened if Victor hadn't destroyed it, or was it hisdestiny to destroy it? Later on in the book he follows the monster into the cold, what if hedidn't, would he have still died? In all of this Victor made decisions, he decided whetheror not to go off to college, he decided whether or not to build the monster, he decidedwhether or not to build the female, he decided whether or not to chase after the monster,but where these really his decisions, or was it his destiny to end up on Walton's ship?Victor told Walton his story and showed what wanting to explore into the unknown canlead to, in the end, Walton's ship turns around and decides not to find the North Pole. Ibelieve that it was Victor's destiny for all this to happen because in the end all that he hasdone was told to teach Walton a lesson.Destiny is said to be a powerful force which determines your future. If youbelieve in destiny, you believe that everyone was put on this earth for a reason andeverything you do is for a reason. Believing in destiny means that when you dosomething, even though you might think you are making a decision on your own, you arereally carrying out your destiny. I do believe that destiny does have a big part on peopleslives. I believe that many of the decisions you make,...

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