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Frankenstein: The theme of abortion

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Rachel Cuomo Beth Kissileff Gothic Literature 30 September 2002 Frankenstein: The theme of abortion The relationship between Victor, the Creator, and his creation, evokes the motif of an unwanted life. The Creator hates his construction and wishes it destroyed. The creature laments his given life and neglected self. In the end the story becomes a statement of humanness and what the qualifications are to be human and deserve the things a human does.Although the creature is not killed by his creator, Frankenstein abandons his creature to the world. Shelley develops a protagonist: Victor Frankenstein. He lacks any maternal instinct and laments the creation of his creature. He declares his disdain for the creature when describing his first encounter with its new life: "How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to forms (Shelley 318)." The creature is an unwanted life; a creation recoiled from. Victor Frankenstein is fascinated with the secrets of life, but ironically it is an isolated search for creation, lacking the basic fundamentals of a woman. Victor wants "A new species [who] would bless me as creator and source." He views giving life as receiving gratitude. ...read more.


Victor dark nature is reflected in his statement declaring Justine's innocence. Frankenstein's creature, the "fallen angel" who becomes "a malignant devil", refers to himself as the "miserable and the abandoned, an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on (494)." He desires to interact with the world and share in the simple pleasures it holds, but he is buried in self-reproach as his disfigurement and unnaturalness paint him into an isolated world. The creature has very human instincts despite his composition. He feels endeared sympathy, curiosity, admiration, hate, anger, anguish and many other symptoms of humanness when telling his story. He watched and "admired the perfect forms" of a peasant family, describing "their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions," but when coming to see himself, he was terrified and "filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification (379)." Even as the creature "declares war against the species (403)" as he finds himself utterly rejected and denied company from the world, he recalls the horror with himself; "After the murder of Clerval, I was heartbroken and overcome. I pitied Frankenstein; my pity amounted to horror; I abhorred myself (493)." Though physically, the creature is composed in an unnatural and "appalling hideousness" (492), he contains "a heart fashioned to be susceptible to love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred (493)" ...read more.


(493) The creature is completely alienated from his own Creator. He realizes he is wholly alone and is ravenous to avenge his unjust life and finish his own: "Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge (403)." The motif, abortion, persists as both Victor and the monster articulate their sense of the monster's repulsiveness. About first seeing his creation, Victor says: "I ardently wished to extinguish that life which I had so thoughtlessly made." The monster feels a similar disgust for his self, "the miserable and the abandoned." Both lament the monster's subsistence and wish that Victor had never engaged in his act of creation. In conclusion, abortion in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is depicted through the creator departure from natural creation and depiction of human qualities which portray how much life is deserved. The creature is rejected and abandoned. His creator scorns him. Victor upon first seeing his monster decides it does not and abandons it to survive alone among the elements. The theme of abortion also is literally played out through the destruction of a female creature. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Cuomo ...read more.

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