Victor Frankenstein Essay

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The wise Uncle Ben once told Peter Parker, “remember, with great power. Comes great responsibility.” There is no greater power than that acquired by the infamous Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein when he discovers the secret to creating life. Shelley’s Frankenstein is a tale of creation that depicts acts of human conception and discovery. The Oxford English Dictionary defines creation as “the action or process of bringing something into existence from nothing by divine or natural agency; the fact of being so created.” It defies the natural order of things and creates a world of its own. The multiple acts of creation and discovery bring upon a certain set of responsibilities and implications as depicted by David Collings …show more content…
Victor makes most his amazing discoveries during his studies at the University of Ingolstadt after the death of his mother. After his monumental discovery he states, “What had been the study and desire of the wisest men since the creation of the world was now within my grasp” (57). As he personally states, Victor made an amazing discovery in the field of science. He discovered the secret of life, the secret to creating humans something that could not be attributed to any other. When it comes to such an important discovery there are many responsibilities that arise. A discovery such as this would greatly benefit humanity and as a man of science it would be his responsibility to share his discover with the scientific community. However, Victor forgets all of these ethical responsibilities and hides his secret from the world. He puts his own well being before anything else and conducts his creation with the sole motivation of power and glory. By hiding this from the world he becomes indirectly responsible for the absence progress. Had his discovery been able to save a life, Victor is now to blame for that death because instead of doing something kind and generous to promote the progress and growth of the world and humanity he hides his secret and uses it to enrich only himself. Furthermore, such a discovery only brings more responsibilities to Victor, the results of his findings being used place responsibility on Victor’s shoulders. The most

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