Analysis of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

She also helped in editing and promoting the poems written by her husband. Through this, Shelley’s skills in writing developed greatly. When she was just 18, Shelley began writing the novel Frankenstein, and it was published two years later. This has remained to be one of her most popular works. She passed away in 1853 aged 53 (Pastore, ed., 14). The novel mainly centers on a scientist named Victor Frankenstein, who creates a being like a man, but more powerful. By reading the novel, it is evident that the idea of the Gothic novel and the Romantic Movement are infused. There are a number of similarities between Victor Frankenstein and the creature he made. This essay explores some of these similarities and differences.
A deeper reading of this novel reveals that both Victor Frankenstein and his creature have similar characteristics and personalities. First, both are self-centered people whose main aim is to pursue happiness and fulfill their dreams. Victor’s desire to create life is a personal wish he fulfills with total disregard of the people around him. In fact, Victor says that “One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame” (Shelley, 50). This was his main desire. It was at this point that he decided to make a “to make the being of gigantic stature” (Shelley, 50). He does not take time to look at the consequences of what he is about to do. In the end, his creation ends up affecting everybody. When Victor enters Ingolstadt University, he studies chemistry and philosophy. It is while still at the university that he is consumed by a strong desire to understand the secret of life. He is later convinced that he has found the secret of life. He then spends months making his creature from body parts and chemicals. Clearly, this illustrates the self-centered nature of Victor, whose main aim is to fulfill his dreams without any regard for the people around him. In the end, the monster creates havoc, killing people in the process. Similarly, Victor’s creation can be seen as a self-centered being. When Victor abandons this creature, it attempts to integrate into society and live with other humans. Unfortunately, the creature realizes that he is different and takes revenge by hurting people. Just like Victor, the creature is mainly concerned about pursuing its own happiness, and in the process, hurting others. His emotions and instincts lead him to hurt others, including murdering of Victor’s brother and friend.