Frankenstein By Mary Shelley Themes Essay
Knowledge- This premise uncovers how power can be misused.
Yes, knowledge is power but it must be used insightfully.
Normally when children are born, they are looked after, their parents take full responsibility of rearing and nurturing them till they become fully familiar with the world they are brought into. He animates a dead matter and creates a Being (though ugly in shape) and in complete horror abandons him in the world of which he has no idea and where he is totally alien.
Having assembled the bones and other tissues from various charnels and graves and animates the frame.
Since the words of threat are spoken after Victor destroys the female companion, it is clear that the monster would do that he would not let Victor enjoy the pleasure of marital union – the pleasure which had been denied to him. The ugliness of the monster and the likelihood of monstrous species which the monster and his female companion might have engendered, creates in Victor and abnormal fear of even natural sexuality.
Critics have gone to take the view that the monster becomes an embodiment and an externalization of all of Victor’s repressed desires, the desires he rejects but cannot obliterate.
Fear of Sexuality Many critics have observed that by usurping the role of woman and by indulging in secret toils’ in the workshop of filthy creation.
Victor perverts the natural law; and what he succeeds in creating so horrifies him that he develops a fear of even normal sexuality.
The major themes found in this novel are, theme of birth and creation, theme of fear of sexuality, theme of parental responsibility and nurture, alienation, unjust society, the idea of the 'Overreacher' which are described below.
This interpretation is supported by his behavior after the wedding ceremony when both Victor and Elizabeth go to the cottage at EVIAN to consummate their union.
Victor’s mind is almost haywire as he looks at Elizabeth’s face.
In fact, he cannot get rid of the fear of the monster’s threat and he knows that he meant what he had said.
He carries a fully loaded pistol under his bosom (not noticed by Elizabeth), for an imminent encounter with the monster.