The one thing everyone would embrace if they could is to live forever. Death is still inevitable, but in situations where one gets his life back, no one would reject. This is what immortality is all about; the inability to hide, live indefinitely or not perish during old age (Mickaharic 16). However, the power of life is not for human being to decide; everyone has to die at some point in time. Due to this reality, some people try to achieve immortality in various ways, they include; their children, writings, magnificent deeds and extending one's own life. Such strategies succeed or fail depending on effort deployed and determination in individuals. It is, however, essential to put one's personal desires aside in the quest of immortality. Of the methods listed above, extending one's own life is the most vulnerable and ineffective way of achieving immortality. This is because human beings have no say on how long they want to live; it is all in the mind of the Creator.
In the novel Frankenstein, two adventurers, Victor and Walton are on a mission to acquire greatness while carrying out risky maneuvers. In their case, the quest for immortality turns sour, and from the experience explained, they regret setting out on such dangerous journey. Success in the quest for immortality, by any means, depends on the specific objective an individual wish to achieve. This paper analyzes the adventures of Victor and Walton, in their desire for immortality, and the result of their actions. Moreover is an explanation of causes of failure in these individual's wish for mortality.
It begins with Captain Robert Walton's experience and how he sets out to step into some land which had not been reached by man before. In his first letter to his sister, he says, I am already far North of London (Shelley and Cobley 2). He seems to enjoy the going so far, and describing the breeze and all things he experiences in the ship. It is his desire to do things which no man has done before; this amounts to immortality. Moreover, Walton has no friends in the ship, this is because he sees himself too smart to relate with anyone. The other reason is that he is more sensitive to external environment than all other people in the ship. This is an aspect of isolation he tries to adopt to make him unique and further his success in achieving immortality (Rose 810).
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[...] Frankenstein presents the perfect scenario to explain that man has no power over what happens to his own life, and when he dies. Victor, in this case, experiences double tragedy, losing all close members plus his life. Walton's mission is interrupted but rescued. Immortality, therefore, is beyond man's control. Works cited Brueske, Jana. Feminist Aspects in Frankenstein: Anne K. Mellor's and Other Feminist Approaches to Mary Shelley's Gothic Novel. New York: GRIN Verlag Harbor, Christopher, L. Frankenstein's Monster and Scientific Methods. New York: Capstone Heesel, Tina. Frankenstein and the Monster. New York: GRIN Verlag Mickaharic, Draja. Immortality. Lulu.com Randel, Fred V. [...]
[...] There is interruption in this journey as the crew decides to take the man, Victor, on board. Something fascinates Walton about this stranger in the ship; he feels they share common ideologies (Rose 812). In turn, he opens up to him, explaining what the journey is all about. Victor on the other hand is fascinated and gives his own story to convince Walton to think otherwise. It is some mysterious story by Victor, but Walton believes him all the same. [...]
[...] On the other hand, Victor, a scientist, also does something in the quest for immortality which haunts him all his life (Brueske 12). He too becomes nerd in school, not making friends, and keeping all things in life for him. He does not write home, his main focus being on learning and understanding all that is to be known in the world. In his experimental studies, Victor creates a monster. He has dreams of winning Nobel Price and getting exceptional treatment after bringing the monster to life. [...]
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