“The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” Chapter 5, Page 54.
This passage stuck out to me as a very raw and basic concept of human nature in response to challenges. When faced with a problem, are we actually concerned with the answer, or is the exciting part searching for it? In my opinion, human nature is the desire to quench a thirst that is unquenchable. By this, I mean that I don’t think people are ever really satisfied. This is why technology is constantly changing, which is more prevalent than ever in present day. Making the impossible possible has been the goal of scientists for hundreds of years. This simple fact can be applied to something far fetched such as bringing a dead body back to life, as we see in Frankenstein. It can also be applied to technology we use constantly in present day. A great example is something that we see everyday: The Iphone. After years of working on the project, the developers of Apple discovered how to combine a cell phone with an Ipod, and thus, the Iphone was born. The brilliant minds who solved the puzzle probably momentarily celebrated this accomplishment, felt fantastic, and then woke up and found a problem. The work was continued, and they improved upon this device making it smaller and adding more features, until they came up with the model we see today; the Iphone 4s. And have they stopped? Absolutely not. As I type this passage, they are hard at work improving upon technology that will never be as perfect as they want it to be.
People think they want to solve problems, but they really just want problems to solve. Victor thought that what he wanted to do was create life from death, but when he succeeded, “the beauty of the dream vanished.” It was not the end result, which he so desperately desired, but the obstacles along the road, which he had to overcome. When he completed his project, he was not delighted, but horrified. His creation was not beautiful, as he had envisioned it for years, but terrifying. Disappointment is inevitable in human nature because nothing will ever be as perfect as one imagines it. It is the idea that is perfect, and the product will never measure up. Perfection is never attainable, but people will never stop trying. Some might look at this view and see it as depressing, but I think it is inspiring in a certain way. Maybe perfection will never be reached, but the quest for it is how progress is made, and how new questions arise. After all, the mystery of life is the exciting part.