Frankenstein portrays the consequences of a person’s obsessions on knowledge. In the story, Victor is a highly educated man, raised well by his parents and loved by his cousin. However, he was not satisfied with what he had. He sought to know what could be the results of his crazy thoughts. He created a monster that eventually killed his loved ones. Since then, his pursuit was to destroy his own creation. The protagonist has undergone many difficulties to accomplish his mission but was unsuccessful. In the end, he considered that the most sensible thing for him to do is end his life so that the misery he was in would finally come to a stop.
Considering that stories often have messages that authors want to share with their readers through creative means, every character in Frankenstein could be said to be symbolic. Victor may represent people who go beyond the ordinary because of their obsessions. His want for knowledge could be anything else for every individual but the result could always be a Frankenstein, a monster that would destroy the people a person loves and even himself. This is observed to be true even in this generation. For instance, excessive want for wealth could cause a person to plan and do illegal things to get what he wants. Plans could be feasible but when the crimes are brought to light, the person directly involved will not be the only one who will suffer his actions. Rather, it will bring shame to his family as well and destroy their reputation forever. It is clear that Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is a call for people to think well first about the possible consequences of one’s plans before acting on them. People should act as human beings should, with sensibility and prudence and not as animals who act on instincts.