Essay on Dr. Victor Frankenstein And The Artificial Life

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Throughout life, positive and negative aspects of nature are expressed in a variety of ways. However, the tension between these two ideas is able to cause destruction and deprivation if overexpressed. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, both of these traits are conveyed through the characters of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the artificial life that he creates. Both characters express a determined personality type and crave acceptance but convey it in various ways which emphasizes Shelley’s true opinion of human nature: how you are raised affects how you react in the future.
Victor is an egotistical and ambitious scientist who is obsessed with life and how it’s created. While the strive and determination for knowledge can be seen as a good thing, overemphasizing the desire for such knowledge can turn into obsession, and even addiction, as it did in Victor’s case. He claims he “had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of suffusing life into an inanimate body. For this, [he] had deprived [him]self of rest and health” (35). The effort Victor put into his experiment “far exceed[s] moderation” and shows that he’s willing to destroy his own body for the success of his alternative life (35). Despite the fact that being determined and tenacious is typically seen as a good thing, in extreme cases it can be detrimental to a person both physically and mentally. In the same way that Victor struggles with his determination for new life, his creation struggles with the…

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