Frankenstein: the Supremacy of Nature
Day by day, the Earth becomes more and more urbanized. Worldwide, a location the size of Central Park is deforested each hour. Restricted in cities, individuals are losing touch with nature and its knowledge. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein is a boy living in 19th century Europe. His obsession with the science of animation from death leads him to produce an abnormal catastrophe of a creature, which is miserable and makes Victor unpleasant too. In “Tintern Abbey”, by William Wordsworth, a 19th century man shows over his amazing experiences with nature, and how individuals are losing touch with it. Apostrophe to the Ocean” written in the 19th century by Lord Byron reflects on the marvels and power of the ocean, and on the damaging effects for guy if he goes against nature. Shelley, Wordsworth, and Byron portray nature as having tremendous impacts on man; it causes his anxiety when he is away from it, it ruins him when he goes against it, and it is powerful and a source of wisdom. Shelley, Wordsworth, and Byron demonstrate how separation from nature triggers depression.
After Victor Frankenstein has actually spent 2 years in privacy making his animal, he steps back and recognizes how horrible his production is, and what an unfavorable effect these two years have actually had on him. “I had striven for almost two years, for the sole function of instilling life into an inanimate body. For this I had actually deprived myself of rest and health … breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (Shelley p. 42) Victor, as he describes here, has been secluded from nature, and therefore health and rest, for 2 years in his lab. Now that his toils have pertained to an useless end after this hard and hazardous seclusion, he is utterly dejected.
In the “Tintern Abbey”, the storyteller regrets over city seclusion:”However oft, in lonesome rooms, and ‘mid the dim/ Of towns and cities, I have owed to them/ In hours of weariness …” (Wordsworth l. 26-28) In the dim seclusion of these metropolitan areas away from nature, one typically ends up being depressed. Near the end of “Apostrophe to the Ocean”, Byron expresses this phenomenon when his narrator is saying goodbye to the ocean: “The torch shall be snuffed out … Which in my spirit is fluttering, faint and low/ … Goodbye! A word that should be, and have actually been/ A noise which makes us stick around; yet, goodbye! (Byron CLXXXVI) When guy needs to depart from nature, which is often unavoidable, his mood ends up being low. Shelley, Wordsworth, and Byron also reveal that nature, in addition to making guy depressed when he is far from it, can cause his destruction when he goes against it. In Frankenstein, Victor reflects over the terrible consequences that would take place if he were to go against nature once more and create Frankenstein’s mate: “… a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth who might make the extremely presence of male a condition precarious and loaded with fear … the cost, possibly, of the presence of the whole human race. (Shelley p. 155-156)Hence, nature would be taking its revenge. In “Tintern Abbey”, Wordsworth reveals how towns that have actually not lived in consistency with nature are later obscured and damaged by it: “There hedge-rows, barely hedge-rows, little lines/ Of helpful wood run wild: these pastoral farms/ Green to the extremely door; and wreaths of smoke/ Sent out up, in silence, from among the trees!” (Wordsworth l. 15-18) This farm is now obscured by the nature that it as soon as flexed to utilize for its own farming function. Apostrophe to the Ocean” likewise shows how devastating nature can be when misused by man: “Guy marks the earth with destroy– his control …– thou dost develop/ And shake him from thee, the disgusting strength he wields/ For Earth’s destruction thou dost all dislike …” (Byron CLXXIX-CLXXX) Here nature retaliates on man for his devastating actions, and damages him. Shelley, Wordsworth and Byron also show that nature, in its power, offers male with knowledge and wisdom.
In the very last chapter of Frankenstein, the creature is lamenting over how his life has actually been a failure, and his only consolation can now be death: “I shall die … I will no longer see the sun or stars and feel the winds play on my cheeks … when I felt the cheering heat of summertime and heard the rustling of the leaves and the warbling of the birds, … I should have wept to die; now it is my only alleviation.” Victor and the creature, who have both gone against nature, will be forever forgotten.
Nature, all powerful, takes them both back into obscurity. Wordsworth shows in “Tintern Abbey” that nature can supply wisdom along with putting in power: “Nor severe nor grating, though of ample power … she can so inform/ The mind within us, so impress/ With tranquility and appeal …” (Wordsworth l. 92-129) Nature is dominant, and it can assist male to knowledge. ‘Apostrophe to the Ocean’ shows that nature is the all-powerful holder of niversal wisdom: “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods … on the lonesome shore … To join deep space, and feel/ What I can ne’er express, yet can not conceal.” (Byron CLXXVIII) The superb force of nature, which can bring man to the knowledge of the Universe, is influential and helpful in man’s quest for knowledge. In conclusion, nature is the one powerful force in deep space. Man is depressed when he goes away from it, destroyed when he goes against it, and guided to knowledge when he goes with it in its power.
Even in modern-day times, these phenomena can be observed in individuals’s lives: city occupants are 35 percent more likely to establish clinical depression than town or nation dwellers, and 70 percent of stressed out grownups state they feel revitalized after a nature walk. Though guy’s cities might appear dominant over nature’s forests, with metropolitan locations now using up 65 percent of Earth’s livable land, Shelly, Wordsworth, and Byron did not believe by doing this. After all, nature created man and his environment in the first place, and it in its wisdom will constantly provide male with wisdom and enlightenment; we just have to listen.