The Justice League’s New Member: Frankenstein (An Analysis If Frankenstein Is A Hero)

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Hero’s in today’s modern society spawn images of muscular men in capes or in fast sports car going around their city fighting crime. However, these thoughts are common among our younger and adolescent generation, while our more mature and adult figures conjure images of police officers, soldiers, and other who put their lives on the line to establish safety along with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Then the question arises in Mr. McGee’s second period British Literature class, is Victor Frankenstein a hero? Anybody who has read the real book Frankenstein knows that Frankenstein is the name of doctor, and not the monster, the doctor who creates life. Even though Frankenstein has created life and pretty much secured his place as another god for doing so, this doesn’t make him a hero. Victor Frankenstein is not a hero because first he doesn’t understand the enormity of his works, second he doesn’t follow through with his creation and third, he devotes his life to destroying the creature he has made.
To begin with, Victor Frankenstein is not a hero of his time because he doesn’t understand the enormity of his work. Victor, like many scientists today, only wonders, “if they could” rather than “if they should”. Compared to Prometheus, as we know who introduced humans to fire against the will of Zeus in knowing that it would bring harm to humanity, such as the way Frankenstein has introduced the creation of life, made by another human being. This power, I believe is too much for humans to handle, too much responsibility for the irresponsible. Victor even knows of this while he tells the men on this ship his story when he states, “It was a strong effort of the spirit of good, but it was ineffectual. Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws has decreed my utter and terrible destruction.” (Shelly, Frankenstein, page 41) This, the creation of life by humans, would be such an advance in technology, humans wouldn’t be able to handle this sort of power, more destruction would come from it than good, such as the same situation at Prometheus.
Secondly, Victor Frankenstein is not hero material because after his creation comes to life, he does not follow up with his creation. After Frankenstein creation comes to life, he abandons it after he sees its true horror, leaving it vulnerable to a new and harsh world...

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