The beauty of Frankenstein is almost always in its parallelity. It's a comment on so many issues, especially on the issue of how far we're determined. What I mean here, is that Frankenstein's path was doomed to end the way it did, from the very beginning.

He picks up a book, a volume of Cornelius Agrippa. The motive of Agrippa was to prove that magic did indeed exist but not in relation to the Devil but to God. Good magic, essentially. His father calls this "sad trash" once Victor presents it to him. I think that this was the first step of many that led Victor to become entangled in "magic" that became blasphemous in the face of God. One quote that stands out to me is "Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first breakthrough, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me".

He adores the idea of being a God-like figure but it comes from a place of good. I infer that this is perhaps because he was initially in this for good, like how he picked Cornelius Agrippa but he went about it wrong, like when his father rejected the idea. Frankenstein abandoned the ethics of creating another being simply because he didn't read the 'recipe'. Cornelius Agrippa is the recipe. When he abandoned God from the equation, he abandoned the morality of his work. Religion, in my opinion, is axiomatic in our morals. That's a debate for another day but I believe that the company Victor had didn't adopt the idea of religion. Much like Shelley as she was growing up. The word 'religion' is only mentioned 4 times and those 4 times NEVER being in relation to Victor.

This is part 1 but do you think that Victor was predestined due to his upbringing?

Source: reddit post


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