Essay about Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

2162 Words Dec 16th, 2016 9 Pages
In Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein, the scientist, Victor Frankenstein discusses his passion for bringing to life his own creation. After Elizabeth becomes ill, and his mother passes away, Frankenstein becomes determined to find a way to bring the dead to life, and alter the cycles of life. He becomes intrigued and inspired by natural philosophy, especially the ideas of chemistry and alchemy through his studies at the University of Ingolstadt. Victor’s fascination in creating such an experiment sparked my interest after further reading about Frankenstein’s procedure for making his creature and what happens after it comes to life. I questioned his actions compared to his words and decided to look into the time period in which Frankenstein was written to further explain and possibly justify Victor’s behavior with his experiment. Looking at the scientific advancements, and experimentation practices during the time period of Frankenstein, as well as looking further into Mary Shelley’s life provides a reasonable explanation for Victor’s interest and actions with regards to bringing the dead to life.
Victor discusses his passion for bringing life to his creation in chapter six when he quotes: “When success raised me to enthusiasm, life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new existence would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to…

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