The hubrisof Frankenstein's inquiry into the forces of life and death issecondary, in Mary's view, to the social hubris he commits bypursuing knowledge for the sake of no one but himselfThe familiar platitude, that Frankenstein is doomed because hetransgresses into a realm of knowledge that is forbidden tohumanity, needs to be put aside.
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Frankenstein is also cast as a Promethean figure, striving against human limitations to bring light and benefit to mankind. While he advises Walton to "Seek happiness in tranquillity and avoid ambition," he nevertheless invites his listeners to share in the grandeur of his dreams, to glory in his ability to create a sublime facsimile of the human self. Frankenstein's fall, after all, results not from his creative enterprise, but from his failure and inability to give love to his creature. Indeed, another central concern of the novel is the conflict of individual desire against that of familial and social responsibility. George Levine writes: " spells out both the horror of going ahead and the emptiness of return. In particular, it spells out the price of heroism." Unlike her mother, , and unlike the Romantic poets generally, Shelley advocates self-denial and social harmony over self-assertion, confrontation, and the individualistic, imaginative act. In her novel she shows that Frankenstein's quest is an act of selfish obsession, one that destroys his domestic relationships. He is contrasted with the mariner Robert Walton, whose concern for others ultimately wins over his ambition to reach the "region of beauty and light."
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In other words, for Frankenstein the scientist's objective is totransform one thing into another, rather than to investigate theontological relationship between things. The slow and step-wise process ofscience, of arranging facts in "connectedclassifications," is too mundane and has no attraction forFrankenstein. Given his fascination with the"Elixir of Life," Frankenstein cannot overcome his "contempt forthe uses of modern natural philosophy":
It was very different, when the masters of science soughtimmortality and power; such views, although futile, were grand:but now the scene was changed.
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I agree that Frankenstein’s creation is not initially the monster that mankind perceives him to be. He shows compassion towards humans at first and thirst for knowledge and acceptance. This tenderness changes when he begins to resent human kind. I’m not sure that I would say Frankenstein is a monster but I do think he is very ignorant in this situation. He does not seem to realize that his creation only became a monster after Frankenstein refused to accept and care for him. If Frankenstein had realized the importance of educating, and nourishing his creation, the creation would have never turned into a monster.
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In this growth of his character, she demonstrates what she views the actions of the responsible scientist should be.Though the most important act of irresponsibility comes when Frankenstein sparks life into his creature and immediately abandons him, the actual act of creation itself is steeped in irresponsibility too.
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In his isolated circumstances, away from human interaction, Frankenstein cannot consider the moral implications of his work nor develop the means for it to benefit or interact with mankind.