The Relationship Between God And Humanity In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Throughout the novel, Mary Shelley hints at the similarity of the relationship between Frankenstein and the creature, and the relationship between God and humanity in deism. Deists believe in an unreachable and distant God who created nature and humanity, then stepped out. They believe in the principle that God abandoned the world, and the laws of nature now govern humanity. Evil and corruption only enter the world when humanity fails to live up to their potential or to the laws of nature. In this sense, Frankenstein mirrors God when he abandoned his creation to fend and learn the laws of nature for itself. Shelley believes the monster was created in depraved circumstances and the fault lies on Frankenstein for his lack of assiduousness. …show more content…
Frankenstein describes spring as the “most beautiful season,” when the “field(s) bestow a more plentiful harvest” (34). This imagery reflects Frankenstein’s hope that after many years of research and hopeless nights, he can finally produce the perfect being that will award him with insurmountable power. Nevertheless, his dreams are dashed when the creature assumes a revolting appearance. At this moment, there is a shift in Frankenstein’s hope. It now finds its foundation on the desperate aspiration that he will not have to care for, or even face the creation again. Shelley conveys this shift to explain Frankenstein’s selfish desire for power. On the other hand, Shelley also allows the reader to experience the creature’s hope. It only found happiness when, “the pleasant showers and genial warmth of spring greatly altered the aspect of the earth” (80). Spring introduces itself to the creature, and he states that: “the birds sang in more cheerful notes, and the leaves began to bud forth on the trees” (80). At this time, the creature hopes to be accepted by humanity. Having been shunned by his creator, the creature craves to have a community that accepts him. However, Shelley explains that while hope is offered to the creature and Frankenstein, isolation, misery, and brokenness overpower it. This is expanded on in the end of the book, because the scenes of ice indicate the agony that leads Frankenstein and the creature to their

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