Discuss to What Extent the Monster in Frankenstein Is Portrayed as a Tragic Hero?

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Discuss to what extent the monster in Frankenstein is portrayed as a tragic hero? Aristotelian defined tragedy as "the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself." It incorporates "incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish the catharsis of such emotions." The tragic hero will most effectively evoke both our pity and terror if he is neither thoroughly good nor evil but indeed a combination of both. A tragic hero has the potential for greatness but is doomed to fail. He is trapped in a situation where he cannot win. He makes some sort of tragic flaw, and this causes his fall from greatness. Even though he is a fallen hero, he still wins a moral victory and his spirit lives…show more content…
The monster loves nature and its beauty, but when he is transformed into an anti-romantic, nature mocks him. "Nature decayed around me, the sun became heatless; rain and snow poured around me; mighty rivers were frozen; the surface of the earth was hard and chill, and bare, and I found no shelter." As Floyd states, "Felix and Safie's affection for one another increases the intensity of the creature´s loneliness." He becomes aware of his own need for never-to-be granted sexual satisfaction. Self-destruction proposes a decisive way out of pain and rejection. Living, however, seems to offer more to the creature since Werther's wretched life displayed a depth of devotion that went beyond mere escape. Sorrow might ennoble the creature, fitting him for respect if not love. This complex thought and reason on behalf of the creature intensifies the tragedy of his destiny. Despite his external faults, we see that the creature has more intelligence, sensitivity, and compassion than many humans. Again the reader respects and pity's the creature. The perpetual taboo of blending categories between living and dead, animate and inanimate sets an absolute boundary between the dead and the living. Victor Frankenstein oversteps this boundary; the creature is the consequence of transgressing nature. From the Monster's perspective this explanation is capricious and unjust: "You are what you are for reasons beyond yourself. You are damned by the

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