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Moral Paradox in Frankenstein Mary Shelleys Frankenstein poses the dilemma of finding morality in the text The novel forces the reader to question the acts of the tales characters to ask whether or not their thoughts are moral whether or not their actions are right Answers to these questions do not come easily in the text if they even come at all The difficulty of reading Frankenstein morally stems from the paradox that although the story is obviously immoral it is far more interesting to read the tale from a non-moralizing point of view Victor Frankenstein himself states this problem to Captain Walton by a sudden interruption amidst a moralizing of his own deeds But I forget that I am moralizing in the most interesting part of my tale and your looks remind me to proceed Shelley 54 Mary Shelley thus creates a situation for the reader where he or she cannot outwardly proclaim who is right and who is wrong Who can say that Victor is entirely at fault for wanting to create life in order to save other lives And who can say that the Creature is entirely evil for retaliating at a society which utterly spurns him An attempt to answer these questions will be made but no one can so assuredly point the finger of blame at a specific character and this quandary is why Frankenstein is such a difficult piece to read morally One cannot fully condemn Victor for the creation of his Being because he did originally set out in his experiments with the best of intentions To Captain Walton he says I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter I might in process of time although I now found it impossible renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption 53 Victor never expected he never wanted to create such a hideous thing The culmination of all his
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