Law of Nature in Frankenstein
Natures and god’s laws stand for the perfection around the human imperfection. Therefore, what Victor Frankenstein had done went beyond the boundaries of nature, trying to create a “perfect man” with the already dead parts of other humans. Victor Frankenstein goes against the laws of nature in this respect. He comes from a wealthy family and expresses fascination into natural science from an early age. After going to university where he takes courses in alchemy and science he starts to explore the mysteries of life at his own risk. Disregarding the warnings given to him he ends up giving life to a monster. This is an artificial mutation of a being put together from human corpses found anywhere from cemeteries to slaughterhouses. This is how Victor describes his experiences:
…flash of lightning illuminated the object and discovered its shape plainly to me; its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy demon to whom [he] had given life (Shelley Chapter 7 60).
Victor is so utterly horrified by his invention that he flees and abandons the creature. Unable to cope with the overwhelming chaotic feelings Victor, falls victim of the monster’s growing demands to have a companion in life. He admits “Great God! If for one instant I had thought what might be the hellish intention of my fiendish adversary, I would rather have banished myself forever from my native country…….” (Shelley Chapter 22 174-5)
The laws of nature are such notions that try to explain the universal gravitation and probe further into the actual existence of the world that surrounds us. Natural philosophers such as Newton, tried to reason and redefine natural laws. Amalgamating natural history with natural philosophy a system called “the laws of operation” or the “laws of nature” was created.
The nature itself comprised of many systems, for example the solar system or the plants one. Breaking the laws of nature means disturbing the actual ongoing processes. Therefore Victor broke the laws of nature trying to instigate the creation of a being against all natural processes.
I at once gave up my former occupations, set down natural history… as a deformed and abortive creation, and entertained the greatest disdain for a would-be-science which could never step within the threshold of real knowledge (Shelley 27). Frankenstein attempts to play “God” and creator and violates the laws of nature. He therefore trespasses the boundaries of human curiosity using his scientific knowledge to create a monstrous, artificial being. At the beginning he intended to use his investigations to help humanity, but he got so carried away with his discoveries that soon his obsession transmuted into uncanny deeds. Frankenstein was so self-indulged that he forgot about his responsibility as a scientist. He admits that his evil acts had predestined the creature erroneous nature “the monstrous Image, which I had endued with the mockery of a soul still more monstrous” (255).
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Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Bantam Books, 1981. Print