Frankenstein Book Analysis
Mary’s book Frankenstein has presented several occasions where there is a significant urge to discover new inventions. For instance, in the base and initial development of the book, Mary and her husband travel to Switzerland, where they were to meet with their friends. As a way of reducing boredom, Lord Bryon, one of their friends who was a poet suggested that each of them to come up with fiction stories. In the process, Mary developed epic stories which led to the publishing of the book, Frankenstein. The book has presented the theme of discovery, where characters like Victor and Walton to develop the desire to try and create fictional life out of inert materials. In this context, contrary to their plans, they ended up creating a monster, that went ahead to eat all the people in the area (Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Malvina G Vogel). However, the urge to achieve more than their capabilities motivated them to pursue such a project. The book Frankenstein, by Mary Shirley, has been able to represent the call and drive for discovery as a significant theme in the publication.
Victor’s desire and passion for searching and coming up with new inventions and secrets of the world represents the theme of discovery in the book. He had a great love for studying and learning especially the fictional books. For instance, at the age of thirteen, he had considered all the books and works of a Roman Alchemist, Cornelius Agrippa. The publications outlined how he invested efforts to try and turn men into lions and convert tines into gold (Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Malvina G Vogel). Victor did not relent with these efforts, regardless of warnings from his dad, who termed the books as useless. This passion evidenced in Victor’s story shows his love and commitment to discovery and the need to know how the impossibilities can be performed. He was determined to look for answers on how these activities could be actualized. The book states that Victor desire to be influential motivated him to study philosophy so that he can be free from the new law and limitations like the gods.
The hunger for power can be termed as the primary drive for discovery. When individuals desire to be more powerful in the community, they engage in new inventions and activities that will present them as unique creatures in the society. This would enable them to earn respect or be feared in the community. For instance, in Mary’s book, Frankenstein, the victor is seen as an individual, who yearns to have power over others. In his pursuit of this status, he embarked on a mission to create a creature that turned to be harmful to the society. Initially, his target was not to come up with a monster to terminate the community, but instead, he aimed at gaining a higher status in the area, and be considered as powerful as the gods (Shelley, Mary, and Malvina). Hence, the urge to have power is exhibited in the book as one of the drives that lead people in making new inventions or discoveries.
In the modern society, the drive for discovery still exist. For instance, the need to possess power, especially the political say in today’s environment can be termed as one of the leading motives for discoveries. The urge to travel and learn more about the universe can be said to be a motive for innovations in the modern days. For instance, the NASA’s inventions such as the existence of mars and even the identification of new planets in the universe have been facilitated by their urge to travel and desire to learn more about the globe. Regardless of these efforts, people have not been able to explore the universe exhaustively. There are places that even the most advanced organizations have not been able to reach up to date (Voicu, 6). For instance, the Bermuda triangle region still presents a challenge to enterprises such as NASA to develop strategies and explore the place and learn more about the forces in existence in the area that no creature or technology that have been able to survive n document it.
Death has remained to be a mystery and people are still looking for methods to defeat it with no success. Through research and use of new technologies, the modern society has tried to look for ways of overcoming death and saving more lives in the process. Inventions such as human organ transplant and artificial and electric powered machines have been utilized in the move for scientists to find a way of defeating death (Min, 587). However, these efforts have failed, and most of them only prolong life rather than eliminating it.
Frankenstein, by Mary Shirley, has been able to represent the urge and drive for discovery as one of the themes described in the book. Evidence from Victor’s desire to be like the gods and possess power motivated him to make several developments, in which, one of his ideas resulted in an ugly encounter with the society. In the modern community, such drives are still in existence and have led to new inventions. The attempts to defeat death by scientists have proved to be a hard task, and no one has been able to devise a meaningful invention or trick to overcome it.
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- Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Malvina G Vogel. Frankenstein. New York, Baronet Books, 2008.
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