Hubris In Mary Shelley's 'An Outline Of Frankenstein'
A. “... I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet” (Shelley 43). Frankenstein worked long hours to “infuse” life into an inanimate body to fulfill his desire for power. At one point Frankenstein had become God, and his creature had become Adam.
B. “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Bible). God created Adam in his likeness, which was beautiful. …show more content…
Hubris is the arrogance that leads one to overestimate one’s abilities and importance. Due to Frankenstein's hubris character he successfully creates life but it also caused his destruction.
A. Frankenstein the protagonists tried to play God in his own way by trying to create his own race to worship him.“A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me “ (Shelley 40).
B. “... predicted that by 2040 robots will have equaled humans in intelligence and gained consciousness; thereafter they will move beyond humans, controlling their own evolution as their mental and physical capabilities transcend anything now imaginable” (Clayton 94). The new creatures produced by human beings will most likely feel like strangers in society and will be misunderstood.
C. Victor wishes to take the power reserved for God to feed his greedy desires. He lacks the knowledge and wisdom that God possesses which results in his blindness to the horrific consequences of his creation. Frankenstein recognized “... such as the deed which he had now done, nearly in the light of my own vampire, my own spirit let loose from the grave, and forces to destroy all that was dear to me” (Shelley 64), the monster knowing all the imperfection of man and using it as destructive