Essay on Loneliness And Rejection Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '
24 October 2016
Loneliness and Rejection in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelly, is one of her best written works. Written when she was 18 years old, this novels explores the themes of both loneliness and rejection, especially in the character of Victor Frankenstein’s creation. In the novel, Mary Shelley delves into the feelings of creature as he is rejected, ignored and abused by human society because of his appearance. However, in a sense, the novel becomes a reflection of the inner state of Shelley herself, reflecting on the losses and suffering that she has been through, as written in the article Why did Mary Shelley Write Frankenstein?, that she was the product of the three major losses that occurred earlier on in her life (Badalamenti 431), which is why the theme of loneliness and abandonment prevail throughout the novel and helped her shape a very powerful character.
In the novel, Victor Frankenstein does not rationalize over the possible outcomes of his experiments, especially when he succeeds, and as a result he is constantly tormented by his actions and attitude when his creation turns into a monster, which Shelley illustrates that the guilt brought on by the murders that occur throughout the novel cannot be blamed entirely on Frankenstein’s creature. It is through Victor’s ambition to create life that fueled his drive as he states, “One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention…