What are Victor’s true motivations?
Something that’s very commonly brought up when discussing Frankenstien: what was Victor’s true motivation for creating The Monster? While he explains it to the audience that he wants to prove that this scientific achievement is something that can be done, it’s important to analyze what kind of person Victor is. The entire novel is written from the point of view of a sailor who find Victor, recounting Victor’s stories to his sister by letter, at the want of Victor. Victor’s first desire when being saved from the arctic is to tell his own story, about the fantastical thing that he accomplished just by how smart he was. Was his reasoning for creating the monster? To prove a scientific feat was accomplishable, or to prove he himself was able to accomplish such a feat?
When does proving capabilities collide with “showing off”?
Let’s assume the answer to my first question was that Victor somehow had the truest intentions when creating the monster – everything he did was for the good of the people and nothing else, just fueled by the desire to accomplish more and better humanity without a single thought of himself. Why would we be led to believe otherwise? What makes something be for the betterment of humanity, while something else be just for showing off? Is it important to make this distinction, or should we take all technological advances for the answers they made, not the people (In this case, the literal sense) who are created from it. Human capabilities are continuously evolving day by day, especially in the age of the internet. With instant connections, computations, networks of people easily accessible and, most importantly, Google, the things any layman is able to accomplish with just a few clicks of a keyboard, or taps on a screen, is remarkable. Should we be held back by what may be thought of us, or should we break legal and moral laws that allow for us to retain our humanity, all in the name of what might be able to be accomplished?