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In the climate of the enlightenment period, the earning for scientific knowledge and discovery was commonplace in the elite of society. Victor was a product of his times, and was merely taking part in the movement. The question then becomes is the search for scientific knowledge of selfish motivation, or is it for the progress of society. Victor no doubt was doing leaps and bounds for scientific progress, yet he did not speak frequently of the effects that his discoveries would have on the scientific community. Neither also did he speak in length of the benefit his discovery would bring for him personally. I believe what motivated Victor's intense dedication to the scientific experiments was neither of the two, but rather by a deep passion for scientific discovery that progressed through his childhood, as it was always a deep interest for him.
I have to agree that it is almost impossible to decide whether Victor acted for science or selfish motives. The fact is that Victor did not express his direct motives for creating the monster in the novel, and because of this we have to imagine why he did it. One could argue he was selfish because he did create the monster partly due to loneliness, and by not taking care of his creation he cost many people their lives which is also selfish. On the other hand he was continuously fascinated with scientific discovery, as seen when he becomes obsessed with his studies, but since he did not share his information it certainty makes it hard to believe it was for the scientific community.
Victor's creation of the monster was based on his own selfish desires. Victor wanted to create the monster in the name of science but it was for his own benefit because he was not taken serious by his father and one of his professors and Victor wanted to prove them wrong. Once the monster was created Victor thought he would have a beautiful companion but once faced with the monster, he abandoned it out of fear. Not thinking of the repercussion, Victor left the monster to fend for himself for selfish reasoning based on appearance.
The question "Was Victor's creation made for scientific or selfish motives?" is frequently asked. However, it is clear that his creation was made out of selfish motives. If Victor's creation was made for scientific research he would have shared his research and discovery with the science community and would not have kept it to himself. Victor constantly wanted to take the place of God and for this purpose he gathered different parts of dead people's bodies to form an abnormally large man. Also, Victor wanted to further his knowledge so that others would see him as all-knowing and all-powerful, like God. Victor demonstrated selfish traits when his parents brought home Elizabeth, instantly he claimed that the girl was his and his only. Finally, it was Victor's obsessive character that made him act out of selfishness.
Victor Frankenstein consumes his life with his pursuit of discovering the undiscovered. Victor consumed his time to expanding and enriching his knowledge to be considered great, he creates the monster through impulsive actions that derive from his own selfish reasons. Victor states “a new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I deserved theirs” (Shelley 44). In this quote victor is saying that he wants to be considered the creator and be praised for his doings, he is using his knowledge to create the actual creature but his motives behind the creation are what is selfish. He is contributing to scientific knowledge but wants to make sure he is the one who is remembered for what he creates, and wants to receive glory for what he has discovered, but his actions were truly selfish due to him not considering how his creation could affect society, he only considered how this could benefit him and his knowledge on his quest to be considered great. His selfish motives are what lead him to ultimately create the creature.
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