Danielle Miller
English IV- 2A
Frankenstein Essay
Reading the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, You find that there are many prevailing themes and moral lessons. As the characters live through the plot, the attitudes and emotions of each character play into one big theme, corruption. This is mainly seen in Victor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein is corrupted because his love of the intricacies of life was voided by his hate of the life he created.
Attending school for the sole search of knowledge, Victor Frankenstein became engrossed in his studies. He was “at first fluctuating and uncertain” about what he truly wanted to study. (Shelley, 35) As he continued his education he found something that brought his heart delight, the study of human life. He spent many days and nights deciphering the details of human death and what makes life. “After days and nights” of continuous and strenuous study, he felt he had become capable of “bestowing animation upon lifeless matter” (Shelley, 37) His pursuit of this goal became so intense, his was “pale with study” and “emaciated with confinement” (Shelley, 39) Frankenstein’s devotion to his work was great. He even isolated himself from the world in hopes of achieving this dream he has created for himself.
Observing the results of his labor, Victor Frankenstein’s response was not was he expected. As he studied the work of his hands, he says, “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe”. (Shelley, 42) He was not happy with his work. The life he thought he created was not at all what resulted. This ultimately led to his being corrupted. He felt he had “selected his features as beautiful”, but, in his eyes, “these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast.” (Shelley, 42) In this instance, he shows the corruption of his imagination and self. As he worked toward completing this life, his imagination led him to believe it would be beautiful, awe- inspiring. Because he let himself think these...