Frankenstein Literary Analysis : ' Frankenstein ' Essay

2374 Words Oct 20th, 2014 10 Pages
Crystal Gabun
Professor Morrow
English 105
October 20, 2014

Frankenstein Literary Analysis Over the past few centuries, scientists have made countless discoveries and advances. These developments stem from an individual’s innate curiosity and desire to further the realm of possibility through theory and experimentation. For many, the thirst for knowledge can grow so immense that one is willing to disregard the moral codes or ethical standards of society in order to push the bounds of modern science. In the novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the unimaginable has been done; a living creature has been brought to life by the use of science. Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant and ambitious young scientist, feeds his obsession with life and death and ultimately defies the laws of nature. He manages to create a living being without male and female reproduction. Victor was able to create life as if he were playing God, but at the cost of the beauty of a naturally born human being. His creation was monstrous in appearance and its presence only served as a physical representation of punishment to Victor, bringing him illness, distress, and guilt. The novel acts as a warning about the dangers and destruction of recklessly pursuing knowledge and the consequences of rejecting responsibility. Shelley presents Victor’s failure to control his ambitions as he forewent all prudence in order to pursue scientific knowledge through the monster’s faults throughout the story and in Victor’s…

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