To Be a Great and Virtuous Man

Discover the essence of humanity's dual nature in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" as we explore the Creature's insight into our capacity for virtue and vice. Read more now.

To Be a Great and Virtuous Man
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Was man, indeed, at once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious and base? He appeared at one time a mere scion of the evil principle and at another as all that can be conceived of noble and godlike.
To be a great and virtuous man appeared the highest honour that can befall a sensitive being; to be base and vicious, as many on record have been, appeared the lowest degradation, a condition more abject than that of the blind mole or harmless worm.
For a long time I could not conceive how one man could go forth to murder his fellow, or even why there were laws and governments; but when I heard details of vice and bloodshed, my wonder ceased and I turned away with disgust and loathing.

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Collection