Frankenstein task (I did this one first. It may not be to as great a quality as my other work as my apathy is incredibly high towards this task I don’t particularly like the book although I do realise the importance of the task.)
To what extent is the creature in Frankenstein a reflection of Victor himself?
Frankenstein: The modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley in 1818, and like the original myth of Prometheus it explores the idea of the naturalistic fallacy of the is-ought problem proposed by Kant and how we as a species seek something transhumanist to be developed to be an extension of our world and people. The rejection and obsession of Frankenstein is analogous to the plight of man’s grotesque obsession of reaching meaning in life in a generally absurdist or nihilistic reality which furthers reflects the constant of the human spirit towards existentialism. this essay shall be divided into three pillars of thought. Firstly, the philosophical themes within the book shall be discussed and it shall be linked back towards not only Victor’s psyche, however, the faults in Human nature itself. Secondly, themes of amorality in science will be discussed which will further delve into the debate of nature vs nurture. Lastly, the question of human ambition shall be questioned.
The happenings of the Monster is a reflection of Human compulsion of egotism and complexed god theorems. I believe that to an extent the creation of the monster proposes us a compilation of questions that unleashes the ideas of our deepest animal minds of controlling the emotional need of Humans to find meaning or to create meaning. This is symbolised with the creation of the Monster, which leads to further questions about the very happenings of science itself. Is science of the naturalistic amoral? Was Frankenstein’s creation of the Monster amoral? Within the book, Victor abandoned the Monster. Which leads the Monster to wonder the countryside and eventually find an adoptive family and learn to read. The Monster further learns to read and finds Victor’s lost notes which leads him to seek personal revenge upon Victor and his family. This is analogous to the hatred that Human kind has towards it’s alleged creator and how we as a species cannot retaliate against the constant feelings of melancholy towards our pointless existence. The creation of ‘the Monster’ is reflective towards the feelings of Victor’s hopelessness (And furthermore the turn to science, materialism and other humans to give meaning to our existence that happened towards the start of the 19th century). The reader is often guided towards the conclusion that Frankenstein’s Monster would have been eloquent and to a certain extent ‘Human’ if Victor were to engage him in the guidelines of personhood for like Victor himself he seeks meaning and validation in life. The Monster wishes to find solace in the comforts of a mate to reflect upon what his owner had hoped to achieve life with meaning. The monster plays out his natural urges in the void of a guidance from a creator for the Monster was not born inherently evil yet learnt to seek vengeance as a natural coping mechanism in the happenings of his rejection.
The happenings of the Human Spirit are based on the clinging of meaning in the mundane or finding meaning to fulfil the mundane. The constant nihilistic undertones of Frankenstein are prevalent throughout the book as the ambition for the concept of creating the Monster was based on individual amoral greed, however as the novel progressed it seems to delve into the human plight for meaning as the Monster follows firstly a natural progression of survival then into the Dostoevsky philosophy of finding meaning in his hatred for his creator and wish for meaning in life. The theme of unchecked ambition within the scientific community and how the human ambition was to Mary Shelly was a constant anxiety as leaps in technology and science were near boundless. The amorality of scientific community is represented by the creation to the Monster which reflects a deep disturbance that seemed to be reflected throughout the book of distrust in the human race and the technology of the early industrial revolution, the creation of the Monster also shows us that the struggle of scientific advancement was perceived as linear and constantly striving for enlightenment to Shelly.
Human ambition in the novel is the driving factor into the creation of the Monster, rather than any deep philosophical happenings it was the egotism of Victor Frankenstein in his youth that led to him playing God and ignoring the is-ought premise of the time. It is amoral unbound ambition that creates a god complex. Victor wasn’t born evil and his intentions were amoral he simply wanted to break the cycle of life and death to gain personal power. However, his ambition turned vicious and feral with the robbing of graves. This is the foreshadow to the eventual unbound ambition for meaning that led to the Monster to his hatred for his Creator. It was the realisation that Victor as a creator could not sustain and indulge the spiritual needs of a species when he cannot meet the spiritual needs of himself. It shows that transhumanism to the author is a problem as she believes in natural ambitious regulation and morality based on naturalism rather than the happenings of advanced technology.
The Monster is inherently apart of Victor as Victor is the maker of the Monster. However, the monster is inherently apart of humanity as it mimics our constant existential anxieties and even mimics our Dostoevsky philosophy of finding meaning in our pointless existence and mimics our distain in our creator “Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?”. Victor plays God in an attempt to stabilise his ego and ambition and subconsciously create a creature that has what he has not a meaning and definite answer for existence. The Monster then tries to create life instead of seek revenge on his creator, the Monster tries to create life to achieve what he yearns for meaning and definite answer for existence. The Monster is not only a reflection of Victor, however a reflection of us as a species. The premise of the meaning of rotation is best described by Victor himself “So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.”. The questions of Frankenstein’s monster are never-ending such as the aspect of scientific free will. The humanism and free-will of naturalistic scientific creations shall be a topic that will forever plague the scientific community