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Devastating Nature in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Essay

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One’s nature has always influenced his or her actions. Everyone has his or her unique attitude but there are different attributes that make up one’s attitude. Arrogance, overconfidence, greed, selfishness, selflessness, benevolence, and fear are among these attributes. In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley empowers her characters with these attributes. In the gothic novel Frankenstein, the character Victor creates a creature in order to fulfill his ambitions. This creature is abandoned by Victor, which causes the creature to be overwhelmed with loneliness. Everyone judges the creature by his appearance and this causes the creature to disdain his master. The creature murders Victor’s family and later both of them duel each other in order…show more content…
Therefore, Victor’s ignorance has caused him to feel remorse.
Also, Shelley characterizes the creature as an ignorant man in order to emphasize that ignorance causes sorrow. Furthermore the creature is reflecting on his misfortune and he is criticizing knowledge:
Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind, when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock. I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling; but I learned that there was but one means to overcome the sensation of pain, and that was death--a state which I feared yet did not understand. (Shelley 102)
In this passage, the creature is trying to understand the nature of knowledge, which he addresses as “strange”. The creature also feels that knowledge leads to suffering and the end of suffering can only be attained by death. However, the creature doesn’t understand death, which shows that he is ignorant. The creature also mentions that knowledge causes pain but in reality sorrow is caused by his ignorance. Consequently, the creature’s ignorance has caused him to mourn. Thereafter, Shelley characterizes Victor as an arrogant man to convey the idea that overconfidence leads to unhappiness. In the following passage, Victor talks about the boundless pleasure, which he had attained in childhood:
No human being could have passed
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