Frankenstein: The Greater Of Two Evils

1492 words - 6 pages

Since its publication in 1818, Mary Shelleyˇs Frankenstein has provoked much debate. The most common difference of opinion surrounds Shelleyˇs intention as to the true identity of the ¨monster. According to Websterˇs dictionary, a monster is defined as ¨Any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal shape, behavior, or character. Most readers assume that the real ¨monster is Shelleyˇs Creature. But another, perhaps deeper and more thoughtful analysis, uncovers contextual clues given by Shelley that proves the true monster was Victor Frankenstein--the creator, not the Creature. Although the Creature outwardly appears to be the monster, it is Victorˇs actions and wild emotions that show he too is a candidate for that designation.Shelley portrays Victor Frankensteinˇs childhood in relatively normal terms. He is depicted as having spent his youth surrounded by a close domestic circle, consisting of his friends, Elizabeth Lavenza and Henry Clerval, as well as his parents. However, this picture-perfect childhood begins to fade as Victor becomes interested in the natural sciences, and his monstrous inner-side begins to emerge. He soon dedicates his entire life to studying ¨forbidden knowledge, of matters of life, death, animation, and the inanimate. Ultimately, he resolves to create his own being from dead tissues and organs. The religious issues this raises are profound, but he presses on without wasting time pondering the realm he is entering. Thus his desire to delve into these ¨black arts puts him on the path to monster hood. This project utilizes all of his time, and he shuts out all else. Victor forces himself into a life of solitude. ¨I determined to visit some remote spot of Scotland and finish my work in solitude (152). Victorˇs self-imposed alienation becomes the second step in his descent and transformation into ¨otherness from the rest of mankind. Being apart from humans begins the process of Victor turning himself into a monster. Already, Victorˇs actions show that he is becoming the true ¨monster, saying ¨An insurmountable barrier has been placed between me and my fellow men (147). Behind this ¨barrier, insanity befalls Victor. His new mental state is reflected in his dreams, such as when Elizabeth turns into his mother. Oedipus, another monster, is here referenced by Shelley. Wikipedia tells the story as follows: ¨Laius, Oedipus' father, kidnapped and raped the young boy Chrysippus and was then cursed by Chrysippus' father, Pelops. The weight of this curse bore down onto Oedipus himself. At his birth, it was prophesied that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Also, he begins to have thoughts of suicide, ¨Often I say, I was tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever (78). It is in solitude that Victor begins to lose his mind, and becomes obsessed with his own twisted...

Find Another Essay On Frankenstein: The Greater of Two Evils

The Challenge of Globalization & The Greater Good

1172 words - 5 pages KAWING LAMThe Challenge of Globalization & The Greater GoodGlobalization is the cause of increasing the interdependence and integration in our globe with respect to the social, cultural, economic, political, technologies, and religions etc. It is a process of interaction and integration through the people, social, cultural, companies, and governments of different nations. The most well-known reasons are the international trades and

The Evils of Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird

1883 words - 8 pages The Evils of Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird is inspired by the events that occurred during Harper Lee’s childhood. The setting in her novel is an allusion to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama around the time of the Scottsboro Boys Trials. In this novel, Lee illustrates the evils of racism to communicate the theme that everyone should be treated equally, not by the color of the person’s skin. In the case with Tom

The Evils of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

6019 words - 24 pages The Evils of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth The question that I have been given is to evaluate Shakespeare's characterization of Lady Macbeth and to decide on an correct description of her character, as I think Shakespeare intended it to be - is she a cruel, calculating, cold blooded killer; or is she just a confused and distraught lonely woman? Throughout the play, she shows qualities and performs actions

Essay on the Evils of Capitalism Exposed in Catch-22

1541 words - 6 pages Evils of Capitalism Exposed in Catch-22        "That's some catch, that Catch-22" (47). Some catch indeed, for Catch-22 "is the best there is" (47). A strange paradox preventing men from being grounded under any circumstances, Catch-22 eventually evolves into a justification for doing virtually anything. After all, it "says [anyone] can do anything [that] we can't stop them from doing" (416). A less obviously stated, but equally powerful

Fear and Ignorance: The Worst of All Evils

921 words - 4 pages forces himself up the mountain, discovering only a corpse. Despite his own hardship, Simon works to free the parachutist because he feels sorry for the man it used to be. His new knowledge gives him the strength to drag his poor abused body down the mountain again. His independent thinking and willpower appears far greater than that of the other boys, who eventually come under the control of Jack and Roger. The Lord of the Flies represents

Consider how the monster is portrayed In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the Two film versions of Frankenstein

4474 words - 18 pages the error of his ways. At the beginning of the story, Frankenstein begins to advise Walton and he tells him to realise that what he is doing is destroying his crew. By the end, Walton has decided that he cannot go on and he turns back and heads for home, which is exactly what Frankenstein should have done, a long time ago.For this assignment I have been studying Mary Shelley's novel and the two film versions of Frankenstein.This first film in

Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his Creation. A comparitve essay of the personality traits of the two title characters of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"

1564 words - 6 pages Shawnna Hoyt3113127Eng1500Dr. J. NobleJanuary 22,2003In "Frankenstein", Mary Shelley's artful development of the two main characters appear to paint a contrasting picture of good vs. evil. However; upon closer examination the reader can see the parallel traits that Shelly has emphasised in each character. This use of character development demonstrates that neither character is black and white but rather shades of grey that are blended in to

The Importance of Women and Weavin In the Greater Southwest

2825 words - 11 pages The Importance of Women and Weavin In the Greater Southwest Throughout time, weaving, of both basketry and cloth, has had a tremendous impact on Southwestern cultures. Robert Graham, author and Southwest textile expert, has stated, "The most ancient historical and archaeological investigation demonstrate that textile was a highly developed art by the time writing began, and in many cultures before writing began" (Graham 23). Where

The Greater Horn of Africa, Causes and Conflicts

1029 words - 4 pages The Greater Horn of Africa, Causes and Conflicts The Horn of Africa, Northeast Africa and sometimes Somali Peninsula, is a peninsula in East Africa that protrudes hundreds of kilometers’ into the Arabian Sea and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. The countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia encompass the Horn of Africa (Wikipedia, 2011). Why is there so much conflict in the Horn of Africa, what are the causes

The Play of Frankenstein

1785 words - 8 pages Frankenstein, a play adaption done by Colony High School, was directed by Mr. Brian Mead, a language art, drama, journalism, and digital communications teacher. The genre of this play was more horror and romance than anything else. I attended with my friend and my father November 16, 2013. It all starts when Victor Frankenstein becomes fascinated with electricity and convinces himself that he can recreate life. He has two men gather a recently

The Bride of Frankenstein

2711 words - 11 pages The Bride of Frankenstein A horror film is a film dominated by elements of horror. This film genre underestimates a number of sub-genres and repeated themes, such as slashed themes, vampire. Horror films are designed to frighten and panic that cause dread and alarm within our hearts, and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying and shocking endings at the same time entertaining us with excitement and

Similar Essays

The Lesser Of Two Evils: Essay

883 words - 4 pages The Lesser Of Two Evils: Why the Atomic Bomb Was Justified      As history has progressed, Man has always looked back and debated why certain actions occurred and whether or not such measures should have been taken. Though numerous such arguments take place, one of the most debated issues is that of the dropping of the atomic bomb at the end of World War Two. Critics of the atomic bomb argue that far too many people

The Evils Of Consumerism Essay

839 words - 4 pages Consumerism, the belief that it’s good for people to spend a lot of money on goods and services, is the basis for the economy of the United States of America. The practice of consumerism in the U.S. largely started in the 1950s. After World War II, people focused on buying goods to make their lives easier, such as vacuums, refrigerators, cars, and televisions. (“American Experience”). In a consumerist culture people are taught to buy, even if

The Evils Of Absolute Power Essay

932 words - 4 pages The Evils of Absolute Power The above statement was written by a liberal called Lord Acton, he is what is commonly called a classical liberal. Classical liberalism was pre-Twentieth century liberalism, before it was revised because of the progress in industrialisation. However, the consistent

The Evils Of Cosmetic Animal Testing

2719 words - 11 pages more companies switch over, other companies will realize the change and switch over to different methods of experimentation. As companies who stayed using animal testing will eventually start to lose money due to consumer loss. As word gets out that more and more companies will be testing on alternatives no one would want to keep buying from those that do. And soon enough the number of companies testing on alternatives will be greater than those