Have you ever had a meticulously planned strategy that seemed to work flawlessly? Then something goes wrong, and everything isn’t as it should be. This is exactly what happens to Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s seminal 1818 science fiction/horror novella, Frankenstein.
In this hilarious and touching story, Shelley uses irony, a literary device in which the plot and/or language are the polar opposite of what is anticipated, to illustrate how swiftly even the finest-laid plans can go wrong.
What does Victor Frankenstein’s tale have to teach us about hubris? To undo his mistakes, the monster himself must become a cautionary tale. It’s no wonder that so many adaptations in film and literature attempt to avoid this narrative at all costs. The scientists of the future, like their predecessors before them, will still be lured into attempting similar projects.
The finest example of irony in the book is that Victor, who aspires to create life, causes his family to die. In addition, Victor, the creature’s inventor, does not care for it and abandons it. Frankenstein becomes a fantastic piece of literature due to the irony in Mary Shelley’s novel.
Victor’s initial objective is to protect humanity via the power of his intellect. The guy truly believes he can achieve his goal of defeating death. Victor, on the other hand, fails as a result of his carelessness.
Victor’s younger brother, spouse, and a closest buddy are murdered by Victor’s monster. It also causes its creator’s downfall. It portrays irony effectively throughout the story, which may be noticed here and there.
Second, at first, the creature that Frankenstein creates is not a monster. He may appear to be frightening, but he does not intend to do harm. When the beast fails to obtain love and is turned away by everyone, he becomes vicious.
“Yet you,” Victor exclaims, “my creator, despise and reject me, your creature whom only dissoluble ties bind you to one of us.” Victor does not care for the being he created owing to his horrible appearance. As a result, it transforms into a monster and causes much suffering in society.