He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped, and rushed down stairs. Despite the efforts and best intentions of scientists, the results do not always meet the intended expectations. The Miracle of Science Scientific discoveries have furnished humanity with wonderful outcomes: We now have the opportunity to receive donated organs and blood from others. What if we were also able to resuscitate the dead? Quote: It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn. Analysis: Unless you consider having your entire family murdered and spending the remaining days of your wretched life in solitude and suffering as being blessed, I would have to say the experiment was a failure.
Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, they creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. More miserable than man ever was before, why did I not sink into forgetfulness and rest? My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. Quotation Two: Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay to mould me Man, did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me? The responsibility for the ugliness of the monster and the evil that. And it helps that enchantment of watching an actor. Victor's entire story seems to be a warning to others that there may be unintended ramifications for innovative scientific discoveries.
A humble person walks in a friendly world. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. In the above quotation, Victor explains that he would not have married her if he had known that she was going to die as a result. Mary Shelley uses the thematic topics of isolation, vengeance, expectations versus reality, and the dangers of love to illustrate the theme, Beware the dangers of scientific discovery. Maybe gathering dead body parts out of charnel houses and graveyards, constructing a giant creature, and bringing it to life isn't such a great idea? Quote: A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me.
Quotes on Knowledge and Nature A recurring theme in the book is the danger of mankind extending beyond its nature, and the perils of the Enlightenment's dogged pursuit of knowledge. However, the famous 'It's aliiiive' is not in Mary Shelley's Gothic novel. Some miracle might have produced it, yet the stages of the discovery were distinct and probable. I will not lead you on, unguarded and ardent as I then was, to your destruction and infallible misery. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks.
Analysis: Victor narrates the horrible effect of gathering dead body parts from charnel houses and graveyards. He or she sees friends everywhere he or she looks, wherever he or she goes, whomever he or she meets. Her work also touches us more personally in reminding us that we only have the illusion of control, and our ideas often do not correspond with our reality. Quotation One: I saw—with shut eyes, but acute mental vision—Isa the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. If thou wert yet alive and yet cherished a desire of revenge against me, it would be better satiated in my life than in my destruction. M — The Monster is the fallen angel, as he has now taken on Satan as the more appropriate emblem in his circumstances. He is eloquent and persuasive; and once his words had even power over my heart: but trust him not.
But, as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim. They penetrate into the recesses of nature, and show how she works in her hiding places. Quote: There was none among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery. The first of those sorrows which are sent to wean us from the earth had visited her, and its dimming influence quenched her dearest smiles. It's like those people who have been divorced six times telling you not to get married because marriage is bad, when in reality they had numerous affairs, a gambling problem, and a meth addiction. Our circle will be small, but bound close by the ties of affection and mutual misfortune. Why do you not execrate the rustic who sought to destroy the saviour of his child? Quote: You hate me; but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself.
He also agrees to what Frankenstein has said all along: because of his actions, he is 'a wretch'. But the cursory glance my father had taken of my volume by no means assured me that he was acquainted with its contents; and I continued to read with the greatest avidity. He travels to the mountains to try to prevent more deaths at the hand of his creation. Rather, Victor Frankenstein's drive anthropomorphizes or makes human the motivation of science to explore the boundaries of our world. Quote: Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition.
Victor again isolates himself after his brother William dies at the hand of Victor's creature. M — At this point in the novel, The Monster is rejected from the De Lacy family and society. This being you must create. I look on the hands which executed the deed; I think on the heart in which the imagination of it was conceived, and long for the moment when these hands will meet my eyes, when that imagination will haunt my thoughts no more. In Chapter 5, Frankenstein is confronted by the horror that he has made: I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. He was, however, an aborted experiment. Instead, you found her with another guy, got punched in the face, fell asleep driving home, and plowed your car into a guard rail.
GradeSaver, 12 June 2015 Web. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs. Quote: Yet, when I am dead, if he should appear; if the ministers of vengeance should conduct him to you, swear that he shall not live—swear that he shall not triumph over my accumulated woes, and survive to add to the list of his dark crimes. . Quote: Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition. Analysis: The monster threatens Victor after Victor destroys the female monster. In Chapter 4, Victor Frankenstein breaks from his recounting of his drive to create life and cautions: Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.
So, it seems that he only became a wretch in response to Frankenstein rejecting him and calling him a wretch -- making it something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Volume I, Chapter 2 What's interesting to note, which Frankenstein highlights here, is that he had a childhood characterized by loving, caring, present parents. So let me get this right—Victor asks Robert to kill a giant creature made from dead body parts who has proven heretofore indestructible and bent on vengeance to anyone who does him wrong. Miserable himself that he may render no other wretched, he ought to die. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred.