Compare And Contrast Hyde And Frankenstein

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Dantès is also shown to be similar to Frankenstein and Jekyll, in that the three are unable to escape from their creations. Dantès and Jekyll are trapped more so than Frankenstein, as they are the same person as their creations, whereas Frankenstein is trapped by being unable to bring himself to create a female creature due to the effect it may have on society. Frankenstein’s identity is called into question here, as he becomes almost defined, in the Creature’s eyes, as being unable to keep his word. The Creature’s words show a parallel between himself and Hyde and Frankenstein and Jekyll: “You are my creator, but I am your master - obey!”
The verb “obey” causes the creator’s identities to be reduced to that of slaves: Frankenstein is forced
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When Dantès is imprisoned, he loses his name, Hyde is known solely by his appearance, and the Creature is never given a name. This contrasts with the socially accepted Monte Cristo, Henry Jekyll and Victor Frankenstein. Their names allow them to be accepted by, not forgotten about, shunned, or left incapable of joining, society. Unlike Hyde and Dantès, the Creature is never named. He is constantly referred to as a “creature” and a “miserable fiend.” This mainly comes through Frankenstein’s point of view, which suggests that the Creature’s monstrousness stems from Frankenstein’s perceptions of him and the way he is originally presented to the reader. Had the novel been written from his point of view, it can be suggested that the Creature would not be viewed as such a monster by society, and readers would have more sympathy for him. The absence causes him to be dehumanised in a similar way to Dantès, who is renamed “Number 34.” Hyde, however, is named, allowing Jekyll’s view of his alter-ego being “natural and human” to be more accepted by society. Hyde’s naturalness can said to be due to his evilness as he represents the ‘original sin’ found inside all of us. Dantès and the Creature are shunned by society when they are without a name because they are distanced from society. Whilst Dantès’ distance is literal as he has been taken away from Marseille, the Creature’s distance remains figurative - he follows Frankenstein and is in fact very close to society. His distance stems from his hideousness and the absence of a name to introduce himself by. He is left to forge his own identity which comes as an incredibly hard task. Modern readers have felt sympathy for the Creature in his struggle to be accepted: Shelley’s use of his point of view in the novel aids this, however at the time of writing, readers generally viewed the Creature as a
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