Frankenstein As A Man Obsessed Essay

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Frankenstein was a man obsessed. By the age of thirteen, his fascination with finding the key to immortality had already overtaken his thoughts. In this pursuit, he viewed himself as one of the greatest scientists, equal to Isaac Newton and his successors. He believed he could not fail: any inadequacy would be attributed to his lack of experience. He ultimately isolated himself to work solely on his experiments, as “[his] mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose,” (49) claiming he would achieve more than any of his predecessors. This obsession and pride led to Frankenstein creating his monstrous creature. In his pride, he believed he would overcome the power of death; a new species would worship him as their creator. Once the creature was alive, he abandoned it, filled with disgust and horror. The creature would come to blame Frankenstein for all his pains, and become obsessed with terrorizing Frankenstein. The monstrosity of Frankenstein and his creature stem from their obsession and pride.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a French philosopher and writer. One of his best known quotes states that, “Man is born free, and he is everywhere in chains” (The Social Contract). In his Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts, Rousseau answers the question “Has the restoration of the sciences and the arts contributed to the purification of mores or to their corruption?” (Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts). He goes on to argue that the pursuit of science…

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