Essay on Frankenstein And The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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In Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray both want to achieve beauty. Frankenstein wants to create beauty in the form of another creature. Dorian wants to maintain his beauty, like in his portrait. It seems that both Victor and Dorian show us their view on the importance of beauty through their monsters, but it seems to show us two different consequences that occur for the pursuit of beauty.
A theme that seems to run through both novels is obsession. It seems that Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with science and Dorian Gray is obsessed with his beauty. Their obsessions seem to have led to the creation of the “monsters.” Frankenstein was obsessed with science and the human form. Frankenstein states, “One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and indeed, any animal endued with life” (Shelley 52). He takes his obsession and applies his knowledge to the making of another life form from perfect parts. Frankenstein believes that with the creation of another life form, he is helping society. Frankenstein, as a way of explanation, states, “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would own their being to me… if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption” (Shelley 55). This shows that he wants to fight nature when nature says that it is time to die.

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