The creation of loneliness
- The Modern Prometheus
- The creation of loneliness
Frankenstein, otherwise known as the The Modern Prometheus, was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The title refers to the character, Doctor Victor Frankenstein, who constantly studied science to create a monster that would finally end his happy life. It is also called The Modern Prometheus, because Shelley wanted to compare Frankenstein to the Greek Titan Prometheus . The story was first published in London in 1818; it became popular throughout Western Society and was commented as the first science fiction novel. The story fits in to a romantic and gothic type of literary work. How could this theme of loneliness cause one to end up the way Victor did? The story talks of science and advancements towards creating life and playing God, but is playing God a noble venture? Our thirst for knowledge is what led to the downfall for Victor Frankenstein. Would this same thirst for eternal knowledge by any other human create the same outcome it had upon Victor? The theme of loneliness is portrayed throughout the whole story, and the thirst for never-ending knowledge creates a lonely life because one has time for nothing or no one else.
The story starts off with a Captain Robert Walton writing to his sister Margaret detailing his plans to be the first person to sail a ship into the North Pole. On his departure he travels for five months before he comes across Victor Frankenstein on a slab of ice close to death.
[...] Further in the story, the creature begins to study the actions, language, and feelings of his neighbors. Soon after he learns all of their names, (Felix, Agatha, and De Lacey) and later begins to learn the French language fluently with the Arabic speaking Safie arriving as their guest. Once the monster was fluent in French he attempted to talk with De Lacey who happened to be blind allowing him access without his hideous figure to be discovered. The monster hoped De Lacey would help him by making his children look past his horrid physical features and accept him as one, but he was sadly mistaken. [...]
[...] Once the death of Elizabeth occurred, Victor Frankenstein became the loneliest man alive. This is where the tone of the theme picks up in the story. The theme of loneliness happened to be incorporated with each of the main characters. Victor Frankenstein was lonely because his lose of family and friends, his creation due to a lack of a partner, and Captain Walton was without a friend to share his ambition and dream of fame. Work Cited Page 1.) Abrams et al. [...]
[...] The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Seventh Edition Volume 2. (Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein pages 907-1034). New York In Greek mythology, Prometheus is recognized as the Titan that stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind. In return the gods punished him by chaining him to a cliff and sent birds to tear away at his liver. [...]
[...] The family takes a vacation to their home in Belrive. One day while wandering by the summit of Montanvert he is confronted by his creation. His creation happens to be an eloquent orator and convinces Victor to follow him back to a cave. There he narrates the story of what happened to him after he left Victor's apartment at Ingoldstadt. At the beginning of the creature's birth he was confused and scared. He later left to a forest on the outskirts of the city but had no knowledge of survival. [...]
[...] Waldman, a chemistry professor. M. Krempe was disgusted with Victor's passion for the alchemists he read on and told him he was to unlearn everything he acquired from them. On the other hand, M. Waldman felt that one who is seeking true knowledge should study both past and present methods of science. With this encouragement Victor continues his studies on alchemy. From this point on in the story Victor spends the next couple of months in his room putting together body parts to create life. [...]