Frankenstein: Moral Compass
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein narrates a story about researcher Victor Frankenstein and his creation of an animal known throughout the story as The Beast who is set apart from all other living creatures. The production of The Beast mirrors God’s production of man in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Victor Frankenstein is symbolic for God and The Monster is symbolic of Adam and Lucifer who is better called Satan. Shelley links these two stories together through The Beast’s fall from humankind similar to Satan’s descent into hell after being eliminated by God.
Loneliness is a huge theme in Shelley’s book. At one point in the novel, The Beast is talking to Victor about him reading Paradise Lost in which he compares himself to Adam stating that he is lonesome. “Like Adam, I was apparently unified by no link to any other being in existence” (5/6). Adam is the only individual on the planet which parallels how he feels. The Monster who is swiftly deserted at birth is completely by himself throughout the book which consumes him causing him to turn to violence.
This takes place after The Monster asks for Victor to produce him a female buddy to which he reluctantly agrees however ultimately alters his mind and ruins any development he has made on the project. Comparable to how The Monster is desperate for a buddy, Walton, the captain of a ship on a voyage near the Arctic likewise desperately wants a pal. In his letters to his sis, Walton composes “I prefer the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine.
You might deem me romantic, my dear sister, but I bitterly feel the want of a friend” (Shelley 10). Just like Victor’s creation, Walton too seeks a real companion. Ironically enough, the place where Frankenstein, Walton, and The Beast satisfy is the Arctic. One of the most coldest, desolate, and loneliest put on the face of the Earth. The unique start in the setting of the Arctic and ends there as well showing how The Beast was born into loneliness and will forever stay there due to the reality that he killed his only real link to humanity, Victor Frankenstein.
Victor is god while his creation is Satan in contrast to Paradise Lost. When Frankenstein goes beyond the limits of normal science and develops The Monster and then orphans him, he becomes the terrible master of something he views as evil. The Beast then sees Frankenstein the same way Satan sees God, an oppressor who is worthy of damage. Satan can’t compare revenge and justice so The Monster feels as if he has no option however to exact vengeance on his unjust creator