Dr. Frankenstein: The Real Monster Essay

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Science fiction is a wonderful and imaginative world full of people and beings that are on the edge of the truth. Such things as aliens, Big Foot, and Yeti all fall under this category, and are brilliantly thought up an sought after in the modern-day. There is, however, one monster who is not sought after in the literal sense today, though in a strange way it is in medical technologies. Marry Shelly was just a young woman when she sat down and wrote the story of Frankenstein. In this story, a scientist finds the secret to life and creates a monster but neglects it to society’s harsh criticism and rejection. Frankenstein should be seen as a hero for three reasons: his selfishness, his seclusion of his creation, and his inability to give the creation a chance.
To begin, doctor Frankenstein should not be considered a hero for his immense amount of selfishness. He created the monster thinking about himself. In the fourth letter, paragraph 21, Frankenstein says, “One man's life ...view middle of the document...

That was sarcasm, Mr. McGee. Regardless, Frankenstein wasn’t interested in the well-being or the actions of his creation at all whatsoever, he just wanted reason to be known and remembered for his works.
In addition, Frankenstein should not be seen as a hero because of his seclusion of his creation. In chapter 15, the monster reads Frankenstein’s journal and calls his creator’s descriptions “odious” and “loathsome”. He then reacts, saying “Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust.” Who knows why the monster didn’t scare Frankenstein before he was alive, but he sure scared the health out of him once he brought the monster to life. This led the monster to abandon his creator and fret over not being accepted even by the man who crated and brought him to life which some could flat out say that was the start of the monster’s hatred for men in the end.
Finally, his inability to give his creation a chance prevents him from being classified as a hero. You see with this novel’s alternative title, a reference to the ancient mythology of Prometheus is made. This man disobeyed the other gods and Zeus himself to give man a gift, the gift of fire. Or it he was punished for hundreds of years till he was spared by another god. Prometheus gave humans a chance to live and strive on their own. Frankenstein, however, did not give the creature he gave help to (or in this case life) to have a chance. In fact, he cut Frankenstein off by deciding to destroy the woman he was making to be one of Frankenstein’s kind. He denied his creation a chance to exist on the planet and learn to adapt and use emotions in their life and fit in. He destroyed it after he created it, with much consequence.
Obviously, Frankenstein should not be considered a hero, Not only because he was extremely selfish, or because he secluded his creation, but also because he failed to give it a chance at thriving and finding its own way in this cruel world. Frankenstein is like Prometheus in the way that he introduces something new to humans, much so. However, he regretted what he did and tried his hardest to take it back whereas Prometheus accepted his punishment and almost seemed to say he’d do it over if he had to.

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