Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein is a collection of parts from other people, but as he matures he starts to realize that emotions go along with his instinct for survival. According to Hume, who emphasized the personal and the unique nature of each individual’s intellectual position by claiming that every opinion and value judgment was based not on reason but upon passion, a mixture of instincts, feelings and emotions. 1 In the Hume reading Frankenstein is smart and learns what he needs to act appropriately. He learns the value of the people around him. He is a child of nature. Frankenstein is a journey of self-knowledge and what is truth in what it does. He is a man of action. In a portion of ‘Hamlet’ when Hamlet and Rosencrantz Hamlet says What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragons of animals! And yet to me what is the quintessence of dust? Man delights not me. no nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.2 The story of Frankenstein fits into this in this way he was made of parts of other humans when they were made of the same dust as God made man. He saw the world as a child and the wonder of the world, but Frankenstein still needs still needs to learn that his appearance is strange to others, and when he learns about his uniqueness he is striving for survival and acceptance by the townspeople. This is evident when he is being chased through the town. Frankenstein is a monster in appearance, but is a human with emotions and feelings. He is a person who thinks for has learned. He is a human for he has human attributes. He has learned right from wrong in several different ways. Frankenstein is one character who has actually learned what being human means. Frankenstein is all about humanism in the following ways: 1. He believed in a universal truth –looking for someone to follow and learn 2. He saw the beauty in what he saw 3. He had to experience things as they happened 4. He had to learn how things were done If it is possible to be both a monster and a human the character of Frankenstein is a true Renaissance Man for he is a rebirth on a physical and mental stand. He also showed a strong conviction in his learning of how to learn cooperation and acceptance of self and others. Frankenstein is a book about a human monster who just wants to be accepted by someone. He wants to learn how to work and to survive in society. Frankenstein is also a psychological novel for the major character of Frankenstein has reached many milestones according to Mazlow and Erikson. In Mazlow’s Heirarchy of Needs the character of Frankenstein has the physical needs like food, shelter and clothing. He then needs to feel safe, but he does not feel safe when he sees that he is bound by his creator who only wants to keep him safe. This is when he should move to the next level and what he wants to belong somewhere and then feel good about himself. When he can do that he can begin to know and understand why he was created and to see that what he looks like is not all there is to living. He then can see how he can help the townspeople if at all. According to Erikson the character of Frankenstein has to learn how to trust his creator and the townspeople where he can learn where he may fit in and make friends and learn to deal with what the society has to offer without frightening them away. Kohlberg and