What is interesting about this quote is that these words are not spoken by Satan (with whom the monster identifies, feeling rejected and spurned by God for no good reason), but by Adam who does not understand why he was created. This is interesting because Adam is a man (Satan is a spirit—a fallen angel). As a man, both Victor and the monster can identify with him, feeling this conflict within themselves, as though they are turned against their very own humanity, which they do not understand. They are men turned against mankind—and that is why they both leave society for the icy wilderness at the conclusion of the novel.
Frankenstein's Influence On Science And Medicine The scientific concepts presented in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein helped introduce the public to concepts that would revolutionize the fields of science and medicine. First published in 1818, Frankenstein examined the role of science and religion, commenting on the dangers of "playing God." Frankenstein has been considered by many to be the first science-fiction novel written, and many of the concepts introduced have been further explored
Frankenstein and Enlightenment The Danger of Unregulated Thought in Frankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus, considered by many to be one of the first science-fiction novels written, is rife with anti-Enlightenment undertones. Shelley's novel, first published in 1818 and republished in 1831, examines the roles of science and religion, and provides a commentary on the dangers of playing God. Considering that Mary Shelley was the daughter of two prominent Enlightenment
Frankenstein An Analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote in her 1831 introduction to the reprint of Frankenstein that "supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world" (x). These words not only indicate the manner of her thought on the night she conceived the idea for her gothic novel, they also reflect, as she notes, the ideas
Her list includes the following: culture / Nature reason / Nature male/female mind/body ( Nature) master/slave reason/matter (physicality) rationality/animality ( Nature) human / Nature (non-human) civilised/primitive ( Nature) production/reproduction ( Nature) self/other At first glance, this list seems to capture the basic groupings and gender associations that are at work in Mary Shelley's novel. The Creature exemplifies animality, primitiveness, and physicality, whereas Victor represents the forces of civilization, rational production, and culture. Victor is part of a happy family
What Victor is saying is that in order to create a living being from the dead, he must haunt the graveyards like a human ghoul and experiment on live animals to "animate" "lifeless clay," being the deceased remains of human beings. From this admission, it is abundantly obvious that Victor, like Prometheus, sees "clay" as the foundation for creation, a substance which is part of the earth itself and
It is an unwanted pregnancy, a madness that he works hard for. And as soon as he is able to infuse artificial life into this inanimate assembly of various body parts from different corpses, his dream vanishes and his nightmare begins. Unlike a legitimate and natural "pregnancy" and procreation, Victor hides his ambition to create life on his own. It is an illegitimate "pregnancy" with horrifying features of power of