Frankenstein Fate vs Free Will Essay

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Oh how has Hollywood changed the story and lost the meanings of Frankenstein, for the themes have been missed by many people that have only seen the movies and not have read the book. One such theme Mary Shelly gives the reader is the power of Fate versus Free Will. Victor is found by Robert Walton in the artic while Victor is trying to capture a monster that he has created. Victor flashes back to his past and tells Robert how he created the monster and how the monster killed off his family. He warns Robert about many things by telling him how he reacted and why he reacted that way. Throughout the entire book, the main character Victor Frankenstein, says that it was his fate to create the monster and to let it
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“Justine shook her head mournfully. “I do not fear to die,” she said; “that pang is past. God raises my weakness and gives me courage to endure the worst. I leave a sad and bitter world; and if you remember me and think of me as one unjustly condemned, I am resigned to the fate awaiting me. Learn from me; dear lade, to submit in patience to the will of heaven!” (Chapter 8.59)
Justine talks about she is resigning to fate and submitting to the will of heaven, meaning that she thinks that she cannot do anything to change that. She will die just because the heaven wills it; life is worth more than just a whim. The will of heaven is not a thing that people can sense or measure, but just something people make up just to compensate for their feeling of hopelessness. The monster compares to the humans has a different view of Fate. He shares his view when he first meets his creator after his first victim.
“Yet mine shall not be the submission of abject slavery. I will revenge my injuries; if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear, and chiefly towards you my arch-enemy, because my creator, do I swear inextinguishable hatred. Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your hear, so that you shall curse the hour of y our birth.” (Chapter 17.109)
The monster says that his is not a slave to anything but to himself; he haves the power of free will. He does not

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