What Frankenstein Can Teach Us About Human Nature Essays

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If there is one theme that the gothic novel Frankenstein expresses it is humanity. Throughout the text we are shown example after example of the little things that define humanity: curiosity, love, and mistakes. The story starts out with one of the most basic instincts of human nature – curiosity. Curiosity drives the character of Victor Frankenstein to devote his life to science. He spends hours upon days of his life in the pursuit of knowledge, finally coming across his major discovery, "After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter" (Shelley 28). Spurred by the excitement of his …show more content…
No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs" (Shelley 29). Another aspect of human nature that is displayed is the tendency to make mistakes. Everyone makes them – no one is exempt. Frankenstein's first mistake was creating his monster and then abandoning it and his responsibility for it. He flees in the night, terrified of what he has done and what the monster could do. By fleeing the creature, he leaves it to its own devices, where if he had stayed and taught it about life and love and good things it would not have turned out how it did. He continues to make mistakes throughout the book, mainly in regards to his creation. He continually fears the creature, and continues to do nothing about it. Since Frankenstein leaves the creature to its own devices, he has only himself and his observations to teach him how to act. He makes mistakes – many of them. He kills an innocent boy and then blames it on an innocent girl; he kills Frankenstein's friend, Clerval, and his wife Elizabeth, seeking revenge for the pain he has caused him. However, the striking difference we see between the mistakes that the creature makes and the mistakes that Frankenstein makes, is the creature's willingness to take responsibility for them. At the end of the story, the narrator, Robert Walton, finds the creature hovered over Frankenstein's

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