This is a course blog for the members of EH236 at the University of South Alabama, Spring 2006.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Frankenstein and Industrialization

Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and European industrialization have many similarities. For instance, Victor Frankenstein's creation of his monstor and the explotion of the Industrial Revolution. Victor was creating something new and unheard of while many new jobs and opportunities were being created across Europe. While new inventions can be a wonderful thing, many times society can shape them into horrible things. For example, with the monstor he was created as a nice, caring being. It was when Victor abandoned him that caused him to seek revenge and kill innocent people. The townspeople also had an effect on the monstor. When he saved the drowning girl he was shot at, when he met the cottager, Felix screamed and scared him out of there. Had Victor and society accepted him, he would not have seeked revenge or used his monstrous build to his advantage. European Industrialization was a time of new knowledge and experimentation, but one thing that Shelley points out in her novel is that knowledge is not always power. It is the knowledge and the desire to create something new that kills Victor Frankenstein, his family, and his closest friend. Victor even mentions in the novel that, "when something totally takes over you and becomes your total focus one should leave it alone(Ch. 14). Unfortunately, by the time Victor realized this it was already too late. The monstor even makes reference to the idea that knowledge is not always good. While he is watching the family in the cottage he learns that he does not have a name and that he is alone. This saddens the monstor and he wishes that he did not know lonliness.


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