This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Morality And Frankenstein Essay

1013 words - 4 pages

Morality and FrankensteinMary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, in London to two radicals of the day. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, who died in childbirth, was one of the first feminists and writers of the time while her father, William Godwin, played his part as a radical thinker as a writer and political journalist.As a child, Mary Shelley was virtually left completely to educate herself amongst her father's intellectual and radical circle of friends and acquaintances. Probably because of the intellectual influence she was somewhat of a child prodigy concerning the literary stage, and published her first poem at the age of ten. At the age of 16 she ran away to France and Switzerland with the poet Percy Shelley. In 1816, the two elopers married after Shelley's first wife had committed suicide by drowning. Their first child, a daughter, died in Venice, Italy, a few years later. After the death of their first child, they returned to England where Mary gave birth to their son William. In 1818, the Shelleys left England for Italy, where they remained until Shelley's tragic drowning in 1822 in the Bay of Spezia near Livorno. Finally, after all the tragedy that had befallen her, Mary suffered a nervous breakdown in 1819 with the death of her son William (previous to this, she had lost a daughter as well).As if the death of two children and a husband wasn't enough, she also had a miscarriage in 1822 that proved to be very dangerous to her. Of Shelley's children, only one, Percy Florence, survived his infancy. In 1823 she, determined not to remarry returned with her son to England, where she devoted herself completely to his welfare and education and continued her career as a professional writer, and later died in London on February 1, 1851, most likely of a tumor in her brain.What the exact definition of morality is, no one can say, it has been one of the most questioned and thought about issues in the history of ethics and philosophy, and, despite all of that, there is no one person that can define a set standard of morality that is applicable the world over.While Dr. Victor Frankenstein should've realized that the creation of the monster could have dangerous sideeffects, and, from a Christian standpoint, he is trying to play God with his severely limited and humanistic mind (very far from perfection) which is borderline sacrilegious, but other than that, there is nothing really immoral about it (from an atheistic perspective of course).Immediately following the success in giving life to something dead, Victor commits and almost unpardonable sin by abandoning his responsibility to himself, the monster, and the rest of society, and runs away. This was his greatest and most grievous immoral act, what he should have done was realized his responsibility and taught his creation, taught it everything from morals to ethics to proper behavior to how to read. But he doesn't.Because Frankenstein's creation uses threats against Victor himself as...

Find Another Essay On Morality and Frankenstein

Technology and Morality in Shelley's Frankenstein - Is Knowledge Always Evil?

973 words - 4 pages Frankenstein: Is Knowledge Always Evil?   As of this writing, I have decided to regard the local TV channel's "The more you know..." commercials as being evil. I do not understand how anyone could regard "knowledge" as anything but evil. "The more you know..." the more your mind feels the need to explorer for more knowledge and the more evil it will encounter. The more you search, the more ignorant you realize you are and the more open

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Essay

517 words - 2 pages . He exploits natures resources in his obsession to manipulate nature. For Frankenstein death and decay have no morality. The process is merely scientific, "I beheld the corruption of death succeed to the blooming cheek of life; I saw how the worm inherited the wonders of the eye and brain"(51). It is this vantage point which allows Frankenstein to gather the bones and body parts from dissecting rooms and slaughterhouses, and look at them as only

Frankenstein: Creator of Evil or Evil Creator? - a Response to Mary Shelley's view of science

980 words - 4 pages unstoppable monster.Mary Shelly's view should be clear by now. Not only did Frankenstein use science immorally, but also he created a monster and took no responsibility for it. For these reasons, Frankenstein is evil, and science is just his tool of choice. Shelley's Frankenstein is a book humankind must learn from. The important questions of morality must continue to be asked. Being creators of life is very enticing, but at some point society

Universal Attribites of Monster Stories

1042 words - 5 pages off his conscience while Victor was escaping from his status, by becoming a creator. On the other hand, Dracula came back to haunt the living people to escape from morality. The monsters were very different from each other. Victor Frankenstein film and Dracula have many common highlights, but their personification of evil is different. Count Dracula had many supernatural powers, which he used to control the people and the environment. On the


651 words - 3 pages Is He Moral? When deciding whether or not a person is moral, a definition of moral needs to be established. I define moral as doing what is right, but taking responsibility for doing something that is wrong. In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Frankenstein is not a moral man. He chose to do the wrong thing on many occasions, when he knew that it was wrong. He let himself be God and created life, and then abandoned his creation. Frankenstein also

Mary Shelley - Who is The Real Monster

1331 words - 5 pages How does mary shelley manipulate our feelings throughout the novel 'frankenstein'? And who is the real monster? Frankenstein'Frankenstein' is a popular gothic novel. It was written, by Mary Shelley, in 1816 and was published in 1818. The novel is about Victor Frankenstein, an experimental scientist who creates a monster, unaware that his creation will be the cause of numerous deaths. 'Frankenstein' was based on a waking dream Mary had, when she

Shelly versus Shelley: Critiques of the Romantic Ego

1822 words - 8 pages their being to me.” but the situation turned horribly wrong. He could have destroyed the creature right away but that would have meant that he had to admit his failure which he wasn’t ready to do. Frankenstein created the creature and neglected to nurture it. For this reason, it didn’t understand morality and the way actual persons were meant to behave. The creature did actually have a sense of self-awareness and a general understanding of

Frankenstein Analysis Paper

1045 words - 5 pages figure. Ultimately, it is Frankenstein’s selfishness that brings down not only his own self, but that of his creation as well. Despite Frankenstein's very violent nature and the actions he took within the book people judged Frankenstein before even getting to know him which eventually made him even more mad. Frankenstein is referred to as a monster, yet throughout the novel the reader is made aware of the compassion and morality that

A Brief Review on 1935 James Whales' "The Bride of Frankenstein"

677 words - 3 pages The Bride of Frankenstein"The Bride of Frankenstein" was made in 1935 as a continuation of "Frankenstein" of 1931. The film started with the camera panning toward the window, shooting the storm of lightning and thunder. It was the house of Lord Byron and with him were the poet Shelley and his young wife Mary Shelley. She was the novelist of Frankenstein and in the room, she and Lord Byron were talking about her novel. Then scenes of the

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Was it morally right to create a monster?

776 words - 3 pages Morality. It has been questioned by people, honored by people and revered since the beginning of time. Yet even today not one person can say what is morally right. It is a matter of opinion. It was Dr.Victor Frankenstein's opinion that it was alright to create a 'monster'. Frankenstein's creation needed a companion. Knowing that his first creation was evil should the doctor make a second? With the knowledge at hand, to Dr.Frankenstein, it is not

"Is Science Nessesary" with refrence to Mary Shelleys Frankenstein

655 words - 3 pages had the power to create life. The doctor's scientific success in creating the monster was ultimately a failure for morality. Frankenstein, upon completion of his monster, realized the immorality of his work and rejected it and disassociated himself from it and science. The result of Frankenstein's immorality was death for just about everyone he loved and utter despair for himself. The monster was not necessary for our future and neither were the

Similar Essays

Technology And Morality In Shelley's Frankenstein The Advancement Of Science

1156 words - 5 pages of the irresponsibility in the use of science and science itself. Victor Frankenstein can never be fully accountable for the error of creating the monster, as science itself neglects the foresight needed to avoid such errors, but he is in error in not performing that duty himself. The question of the morality of such experiments would have justified enough cause to stop most projects. Victor Frankenstein did not stop. His fervor for science had

Science, Morality And Responsibility In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

2026 words - 8 pages Science vs. Morality and Responsibility in Frankenstein The most frightening horror story can only be called such if it is believable. Nothing is so unnerving as lying awake at night with very real fears. No monster can harm you, unless the monster was genetically engineered by a mad scientist. The theme of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - scientific investigation without consideration of morality and responsibility - is a very relevant topic

The Ancient Mariner And Victor Frankenstein: Morality, Socialization, Action And Responsibility

2340 words - 9 pages written about previously unknown worlds whether they were found in a telescope or a microscope, on the seven seas or in a laboratory…” Here we can see the authorial attitudes of Coleridge and Shelley. Another influence on their writing would be society’s views on the new discoveries both scientifically and geologically as the explorer’s “displacement of God by science, or morality by materialism” of which both Victor Frankenstein and the Ancient

Explore The Presentation Of The Challenges Of Morality In Shakespeare’s Othello, Bronte’s Jane Eyre And Shelley’s Frankenstein

3555 words - 15 pages The presentation of moral courage leads Emilia’s Speech and Felix’s actions to challenge the social and religious morality of their time. For instance, Emilia’s Speech establishes her cynicism towards men as Shakespeare’s lexical choice of ‘would not’ demonstrates that without the contraction displayed, it highlights Emilia willingly not to ‘marry.’ Therefore, her courage to challenge the social and religious morality of her time establishes