Mary Shelley Convey Effect
Isolating Frankenstein makes the reader feel that he is bad and doing wrong. This can also be linked back to the other idea of ‘Man and God’ as both people desire to know more. A significant binary opposite is that of the idea of Man and God. Robert Walton tells his sister of the preparations leading up to his departure and of the desire burning in him to accomplish “some great purpose”-discovering a northern passage to the Pacific, revealing the source of the Earth’s magnetism, or setting foot on undiscovered territory.
Frankenstein is similar to him in that he desires to find out the secrets of creation. Both accounts are similar and show the desirable and somewhat evil nature of humans. The use of binary opposites highlights the right and wrongs and portrays a somewhat troubled world. Science and nature are also used in Frankenstein. Victor is almost certain that science can provide the answer he needs and knowledge he desires about creation, however he is wrong and the creature he makes is horrible and ugly.
“His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath. ” Science and nature are very much contrasting ideas and the use of the binary opposite creates meaning and feeling. Binary opposites also often criticize each other due to the fact that the existence of science implies the lack of a creator/creation. The use of opposites makes the reader have a stereotypical view on things. The stereotype of science is created and reinforced each time we hear the word ‘nature’ It makes science seem destructive and against all things peaceful.