23 March 2009
Frankenstein in Depth: The Egomaniacs and the Humble people
Nobody knows how exactly we were created. But we know how they are and what they have created. Country, nation, society, technology, law and regulations are all part of it.
Victor has always been egotistical and he never saw happiness in his loved ones. His characteristics a lot alike his father’s, but he is nowhere near his caring mother. When he was a child, he was treated like a prince and he never learned to be happy with limited resources. All Victor worried about was fame and glory. When he was a young man, he wanted to banish disease from earth and have his name written in history as he describes, “… but what glory would attend the discovery, if I could banish disease from the human frame and render man to invulnerable to any but a violent death!” (Shelley 22). He did not care much about his family or his beloved Elizabeth. He thought of Elizabeth as his own property, since the day she was given to him as a ‘gift’. “… I, with childish seriousness, interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine - mine to protect, love, and cherish” (Shelley 18). On the other hand, Elizabeth is a caring and humble and she is the image of an angel to others. She cared for everyone without any discrimination and self-satisfaction. “Elizabeth was a calmer and more concentrated disposition” (Shelley 18). She was the alter ego of Caroline, Victor’s mother. Caroline died for her family, died for the wellbeing of Elizabeth when she was sick. “… when she heard that the life of her favorite was menaced, she could no longer control her anxiety. She attended her sickbed” (Shelley 23). Her death contributed to Elizabeth’s humble character. “She devoted herself to those whom she had been taught to call her uncle and cousins” (Shelley 24). Victor remained the same, ambitious and egoistic. All he cared about was his natural philosophy and science and his work....