Mary Shelley deals with many important themes in Frankenstein, her famous Gothic novel. Many of the themes are thought-provoking, stimulating careful consideration.
Major themes in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- birth and creation
Frankenstein succeeds in creating a 'human' life form very much like God does.
Victor chooses to be alienated because of his desire for knowledge.
Frankenstein presents the value of the domestic circle. It demonstrates that lack of connection to either family or society leads to murder, tragedy and despair.
- dangerous Knowledge
It is an insane pursuit of knowledge that proves to be dangerous. Victor's act of creation results in the destruction of everyone dear to him. Likewise Walton finds himself dangerously trapped between sheets of ice
Frankenstein shows that human beings are deeply ambitious. Victor and Walton dream of transforming society and of bringing glory to themselves through their scientific achievements. However, their actions are deeply flawed and bring misfortune for all..
After it is abandoned and mistreated, the monster turns to revenge.
In Frankenstein crises and suffering result when imperfect men disturb nature's perfection. In the end, Victor is destroyed for his evil attempt to manipulate the power of nature.