Dogmatism In Frankenstein In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley 's novel Frankenstein is a story of a young scientist, Dr. Victor who is works arduously and creates a grotesque creature whom he calls wretch. He considers himself "acquainted with anatomy" but he does not think it is adequate and he wants to explore his knowledge further. After a great amount of hard work and sewing together body parts from different cadavers he makes his creation. However, it is not a beautiful piece of art he had anticipated but a hideous and large creature with yellow eyes and skin that is torn and ripped revealing tissues and muscles underneath. Frankenstein describes himself as a man of science and one who does not indulge in superstitions and one to be consumed by dogmatism. He claims that for him …show more content…
He is someone who is killing indiscriminately and is disobedient to his maker. The wretch after performing his misdeeds beseeches his 'God ' that "I ought to be thy Adam" but instead he is the "fallen angel" who is cast away for not adhering to the rules of society and rebelling against his creator. This reminds one of the 17th century poem by John Milton where Lucifer who was created by God is banished from heaven because he disobeys God and refuse to bow down to his commands. Lucifer as well as the wretch are a culmination of their creator 's imagination. God created Lucifer and Frankenstein created the wretch. Both creations were conceived as heroic figures but were later ostracized because of the creature they had eventually become, defiant and harmful to everyone around them. Both God and Frankenstein have a degree of sympathy for their creations even if they have gone astray. Although omnipotent and repulsed by them they are unable to destroy their creation. God gives Lucifer a chance to redeem himself and seek forgiveness for his misdeeds but he was too conceited. He preferred to be exiled than to be submissive. Similarly, although Frankenstein gives the wretch an opportunity to cease his carnage, he refuses to see the follies of his actions and warns his master that if his wishes are not complied with then he will "gut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends." The creation of the wretch by Frankenstein also alludes to the age old debate of nature versus nurture. The wretch is like a clean slate, the creator built him without giving him

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