Taking Responsibilty

Welcome to the final FrankenBlog!

As I have finished reading the electrifying final chapter of the novel Frankenstein, I have come to the conclusion that many questions remain unanswered, many of which may have several answers depending on the views of the individual reading. However, I have determined the answer to one concrete question, whether the theme of this story is clear to the reader or not?

In previous years this novel was claimed to enlighten readers on science, technology and the biological perspectives, now ask yourself is this really what Mary Shelley was trying to say? I say we need to dig a little deeper. Maybe Shelley was trying to prove how dangerous technology is? And for anyone who believes this, well you’re getting closer…….but dig even deeper into the story of Frankenstein and the monster he created.

I can understand how many readers can take away these themes from the novel, but it’s not enough. I wanted to analyze this novel from an unusual perspective. When I read Frankenstein, the themes of responsibility, disaster, destruction and impulsive planning came to mind. The monster Victor Frankenstein created caused many devastating problems in his life. When the monster came to life, Frankenstein ran in fear and neglected the responsibility of the problem he had just introduced to the world. Following his creation, his family and the people around them suffered horrible consequences, including deaths of many loved ones. His creation was harmful to the world and the problems it caused were irreversible. When Frankenstein thinks of solving the problem he has created, he feels powerless as the creature is uncontrollable when it comes to destruction.

I related these themes to the problems we as humans in the modern world have caused and the consequences of our disasters. The problem I would like to analyze has been an issue for many years. Recently it has been increasingly publicized. In the past year, people have been raising more awareness to this major problem effecting our families and the people around us, all over the world we are being affected by a monster we have created…. PLASTIC.

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This is a photo of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, taken from Politico Explorer.

We as humans created plastic, we used it every single day and throw hundreds and thousands of pieces of plastic in the garbage that end up in our oceans, on our beaches and all over the environment. We are killing our planet one piece of plastic at a time and it’s not slowing down. Much like in Frankenstein, the monster he created, he feared, and the monster we created, we fear. Not only should every human being be scared that this monster is going to take away our planet, but we are scared to make a change. So many humans run in fear from the plastic problem we created. We neglect the fact that plastic is our responsibility, but who takes responsibility for the damage it has caused? Not me nor you. The truth is we are all responsible, but no one has the courage to take the blame. This is very similar to when Frankenstein had the opportunity to take responsibility for his brother’s death, because his creation caused the destruction. Frankenstein hid from his guilt, he did not speak up and take control for the mess he caused, he did not look at his monster and decide he was going to make a change to protect what he cared about, and neither have we. Frankenstein let the blame fall into the hands of another. We are as guilty as Frankenstein. We do not blame ourselves for plastic pollution, we blame big companies and manufacturers, but each and every one of us is accountable for the plastic we use. Every big company will blame another company, and the blame becomes a never-ending harmful cycle. We feel guilty for the harm we have caused but never take the responsibility or the initiative to do something about it. On account of the monster we have created, we have lost many of our loved ones. People are dying from hurricanes, floods, draughts and much more and it all starts with a single piece of plastic. Animals are being choked, suffocated, trapped, starved and killed by the plastic we use. Our plants and trees are dying because of the plastic we throw away. Everything we love is slipping through our fingers because we created a monster without looking at the future ahead of us.

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This is unfortunately how many of our animals are dying, taken from The Inertia.

Now, take a moment and watch the video below to fathom a better understanding of the problems our world is facing.

I have watched this video many times, and every time I finish watching it, I am speechless with guilt, embarrassment and a desire to make a change. I try to show this video to as many people as I can as it needs to be known that our monster is taking over. Mary Shelley proves to her readers that creating without thinking has consequences. Large pieces of plastic will take about 400 years to breakdown. Like the video said, we don’t have 400 years, we have less than 11 to reverse the damage we have created. Watching the poor children in third world countries suffer, as well as watching many poor innocent animals die made me feel very similar to the feelings Frankenstein experienced after hearing about the death of his brother and poor Justine, he says “ I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to a hell of intense tortures such as no language can describe” (Shelley 94). As I was speechless, so was Frankenstein. It’s the feeling of realization that your contribution to a creation has become a monster. In a few years our problem will become irreversible just like Frankenstein’s. He had a chance to fix his problem; he could have cared for his creation, he could have returned to the being when neglect was his first instinct, the monster even gave him an opportunity to avoid destruction to his family and many others. We have a chance to fix our problem too. Let’s hope there is just one difference between me, and you compared to Frankenstein. Let’s take the chance to solve our problem and stop the monster from taking over everything we care about. Let’s stop the use of plastic and clean up our planet. Instead of increasing climate change and the large masses of plastic pollution, we can stop using it! There is no “Planet B”, so let’s take care of our monster instead of neglecting it. We are all guilty of being a Victor Frankenstein but one person at a time we can be the change our world needs. Soon we are going to lose our planet and our lives, like Frankenstein lost his brother, Justine, Clerval, his dear Elizabeth and his own life.

“Water and air, the two fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” -Jacques Cousteau

“The Problem.” The Plastic Tide, https://www.theplastictide.com/the-problem-main 

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, the modern Prometheus. New York: Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 2013. 29 April 2019. 

Tyler Rocker. “SustainAbility.” Youtube, Youtube, 8 May 2019,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs4zj0ttRqU

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