After the cataclysmic April eruption of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa, part of what is now Indonesia, the world's weather turned cold, wet and miserable. In a holiday villa on the shores of Lake Geneva, a young English poet and his lover, the guests of another poet, discouraged from outdoor pursuits, sat discussing the hideousness of nature and speculating about the fashionable subject of "galvanism". Was it possible to reanimate a corpse? The villa was Byron's.
Contact Author Love v Hate In this article I will be looking at the relationship between Frankenstein and his monster throughout the novel.
Mary Shelley has used language and imagery to great effect to portray the high emotions both Frankenstein and his monster feel throughout the novel. Many themes are explored such as nurture versus nature, calm versus turbulence and love versus hate. These themes are used to explore and develop the complex relationship between Frankenstein and his monster.
It was the first Gothic genre of its kind and was controversial as it touched on many fragile subjects such as the human anatomy and the development of science. It also brings up the theme of human relationships and their importance in peoples lives as well as the role religion plays in this novel, where Frankenstein, the creator, becomes Satan-like in the mirror of his creation.
Mary Shelly wrote this novel when she was just nineteen years old. She, her husband and friend passed evenings telling each other ghoulish stories.
Frankenstein was born out these evenings. Shelly exposes us to a lot of human insecurities through the characters in the novel. So how was Mary capable of writing about the human insecurities found in this novel?
He on the other hand, was emotionally detached from her, leaving her to her own devices and paying her little attention. She could write about these human insecurities because she experienced them first hand as a baby and as a young child herself.
Victor took great care to assemble all the body parts, and only chose those most beautiful. This longing to be first accepted by Victor and then the longing for a fellow creature, a lover created specially for him, leads the monster to acts of murder and destruction.
His longing for love is so great he will destroy Victor if this goes unheeded. The theme of nature versus nurture is explored here.
The one who was nurtured, the man who grew up in a loving family, Victor, could not return love to the creature he gave birth to. The endless wanderings of his disturbed mind reflect the guilt and horror he feels for the creature he has created.
He is in decline while his monster is becoming more eloquent and expressive. The more he is disturbed by the monster the more humanlike emotions the monster exhibits.
However, Victor has no empathy for him as he becomes more and more disturbed by the daemon he sees before him. The more the monster wants to be accepted, needing his desires fulfilled the more Victor alienates himself from his own family and friends. When the monster approaches Victor in the mountains to ask for a female companion Victor allows himself to feel for a short time a little compassion for the lonely life the monster lives.
Victor changed his mind one evening after he had begun collecting body parts for the new female monster and from that moment the relationship changed dramatically.
Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I an your master;-obey!
Love turns to hate in the monster as his desires are forbidden. She is setting the tone for the rest of the scene and is foreshadowing the events to come. The weather is used to dramatise the theme of calm versus turbulence, as good weather reflects calm spirits and turbulent weather reflects madness.
The thought of death is never far away. The weather can be seen as a correlation to what the character is feeling at that point in the story. In Chapter 10 Victor finds himself on a dangerous path towards Mont Blanc.
It is raining heavily from the dark sky which matches his mood. However he finds his soul being lifted as he admires the beautiful majestic views once he arrives at the top. The beauty of nature versus what he is next about to see.
The monster suddenly appears on the horizon and as Victor follows the monster to the hut the weather changes and the lightness which Victor felt before vaporized with the rain and cold.
In Chapter 20 Victor sets sail in the middle of the night to throw the remains of the bodily parts into the sea. The weather parallels his life.“the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.” ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus Victor Frankenstein is compared to the Greek Titan Prometheus who is credited with creating humans, giving them fire (after stealing it from Zeus), and being punished (chained to a rock, where a giant eagle pecked away at his liver each days).
Strong passions are a defining feature of the novel Frankenstein. With examples from the novel, 2 educator answers What emotion does Victor Frankenstein display in Chapter 1? 1 educator answer In Frankenstein, what are Victor’s final emotions about what he has done?
1 educator answer Symbolism in Frankenstein. Frankenstein, the novel Shelley would fabricate from her vision, is regarded as a fable of science gone wrong. Yet it is also a rumination about art. Trelawny's Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author () praised Percy Shelley at the expense of Mary, questioning her intelligence and even her authorship of Frankenstein.
Lady Shelley, Percy Florence's wife, responded in part by presenting a severely edited collection of letters she had inherited, published privately as Shelley and Mary in Mary has a baby girl, who dies, and then a son, William (he will soon die, too, as will her daughter, Clara; only her fourth child, Percy, lives into adulthood).
Fanny Imlay (more collateral damage) kills herself, as does Shelley’s wife, Harriet. Throughout it all, Mary is stoic, sealed off, her emotions seemingly cauterised.