Essay on Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Essay Description
“The world was to him a secret which he desired to divine. Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded tohim, are among the earliest sensations he can remember…
It was the secrets of heaven and earth that he desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied him, still his inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in it highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.”
Chapter 2, pg. 22-3
The psychological approach is not the only approach that may be found suitable for the theme of Frankenstein, nevertheless due to the fact that this approach implies the revealing of the motivation of behavior and the needs that drive each individual. Such approach is perfect for Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” primarily because of the depth of the conflict of the book: the creation of a new “human” being and then the deep emotional and physical rejection that this “human”-being gets from its creator and from the rest of the society. Victor Frankenstein in his leaning to satisfy his ambitions and get recognition creates a “human”-being which he becomes afraid of.
This human being is alone in this world, he needs love, support and acceptance as any other man. His strong need for affection and belonging are the main motivators of all of his actions and after he faces sickening attitude his only goal becomes to “revenge” for all the pain he has suffered. Frankenstein was not originally evil, it is the ignorance of Victor that has converted him in a monster. Frankenstein is the victim, a child, who was not loved by his “mother”…a child that was rejected and thrown away. Frankenstein could not even been accepted physically because physical appearance is so important for the society. The psychological sufferings of Frankenstein make the heart of the reader cry for he could think and actually was a man who was brought to the world and made an outcast.