Comparative Souls, Contrasting Beings: Frankenstein and His Creature

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a story about a man named Frankenstein who wants to understand the creation of life. He does not fail in understanding it and actually applies what he knows into making his own creature. However, the catch is that his creature is not anything as he imagines, he is far too physically deformed to be accepted as a good creature. Frankenstein abandons him and the creature takes on a life and mind of his own, but finds that no man will ever want to be around him. As the story separates the characters, the two come together and that is when one can compare and contrast them to each other. Thus, this story putting such opposite beings alongside each other makes room for ways they may be similar but also…show more content…
He lost weight and his cheeks still hold onto the similarly feverish mind he has. Anytime he felt that he could be peaceful being with Elizabeth, he failed to remove memories of William and Clerval’s deaths, which he believed since he created the monster to be his own fault. The memories also immobilize Frankenstein into only feeling the pain of his miseries. However, he is not reaching a concrete resolve about what to do with the murderous creature. He is not bringing himself back to the physical world and out of his mental abyss that only serves as an area for him to relapse into a horror he felt some years ago when he first made the creature. Of course, the reason that his disasters affect him greatly is because he has people around him that he loves. Clerval was his “beloved friend” (113). Therefore, the way he expresses his feelings for Clerval explains why his mind was disturbed: “Clerval…it delights me…to dwell on the praise of which you are so eminently deserving. He was a being formed in the ‘very poetry of nature’…His soul overflowed with ardent affections, and his friendship was of that devoted and wondrous nature that the worldly-minded teach us to look for only in the imagination.” (113)
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