Relationships In Frankenstein

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“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how happier the man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow" (Shelley 53). Though Frankenstein was written in 1818, it had still been one of the most well-known Gothic Romance novels written to this day. Mary Shelley, the author who grew up in England, took quite a risk when writing this because “horror stories” were not exactly welcomed, especially ones written by women. In spite of this, her husband, Percy Shelley, published it under his name (“Mary Shelley.”). There are several crucial characters in this novel including the scientist, Victor Frankenstein, …show more content…
As a child, Victor was the oldest out of 2 children, not including his adopted cousin Elizabeth. However, Victor lost his mother due to delivery complications with his brother William. One of her last wishes was for Victor and Elizabeth to marry. Instead, Victor goes off to attend the University of Ingolstadt to study science and discovers the secrets of life (Character Analysis, cliffnotes). While attending Ingolstadt, Victor creates a relationship with his professor, Dr. Waldman. This certain professor led Victor to creating his creature. This is a clear example of when Frankenstein is hubris. He is practically acting as if he was god and that nature owed him something(Lemberg). Months after months Victor spent his days in the lab trying to find the secrets of life, which he eventually did. With one look of his creation, Victor ran off and abandoned it. He decided to go home to be with Elizabeth only to find out that younger brother William has been murdered (Frankenstein (the movie), Kenneth Branagh). Since that day, Victor had sworn to kill the beast so no one else were to die because of his experiment. This relentless search led to the meeting with Robert Walton, frozen on …show more content…
This is a very clear theme throughout the novel. For instance, as previously stated, Victor is thrilled by the idea of creating and controlling life, which he attempts to do. He is basically placing himself in God’s shoes, giving himself that authority (Skinner). Along with this, the creature was compared to Lucifer numerous times in this novel. With the DeLacey family, he wanted to show compassion, but ended up a hateful beast wanting man’s destruction("Frankenstein/Creation to God/Lucifer."). On the other hand, Victor was compared to Prometheus in a way that he was obsessed with the power of lightning and is trapped by his inner torture

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