The Moral Responsibilities of Victor Frankenstein


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The Moral Responsibilities of Victor Frankenstein
Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic masterpiece Frankenstein; or, a Modern Prometheus is the story of a scientist whose research and discovery leads to his creating a monster. Though there are many fascinating themes in this novel, this essay will focus on the question Why Victor Frankenstein abandoned his monster, and how his moral responsibilities are being explored by the author. It would be an understatement to say she does not let him off easy.
Shelley is revealed to be a crafty storyteller from the beginning, with the novel’s opening being a set of letters between the siblings Captain Robert Walton and his sister Margaret. As he writes from the northern climes of Russia’s Archangel, as a way...
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.....tian impulse to rebel against explorations of certain unnatural terrain.
Shelley’s novel touches on such themes as prudence and personal responsibility while reveling in such ghoulish material. This way the reader can enjoy scary horror while enjoying an uplifting moral tale about finishing what one starts, if one is foolish enough to start. The depths of this novel’s challenges are fascinating.
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