Essay on the Human Spirit in Frankenstein and Picture of Dorian Grey
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Similarities of the Human Spirit in Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Grey
The human spirit is one of the most beautiful forces in the world, but it is also one of the most vulnerable. In the novels Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, this idea of the human spirit is portrayed clearly. Both novels have similar aspects about the human spirit, but they also have their differences. Both novels have main characters who are influenced greatly by someone that they admire, and they are destroyed by that influence. The difference that these novels have is that in Frankenstein, the main character is influenced and destroyed by something he creates himself, while in…show more content… Another example from the novel is when the monster starts to become familiar with the little beauties and simplicities of life, but begins to realize that society rejects him because of his revolting appearance. This is due to Victor's ignorance of the monster's feelings and knowledge, because Victor never told the monster what he was, a hideous and revolting creature. Victor blames himself for these innocent crimes committed by the monster that he created and silently goes crazy, then dies from becoming very ill. Before his death, Victor asked his friend Walton to kill the monster, because he didn't have the strength. His motivation, the monster, drove him to the brink of insanity and eventually death.
In the novel The Picture of Dorian Grey, Dorian, the novel's main character, is influenced greatly by his friend and mentor, Lord Henry, and kills himself because he listens to everything that Lord Henry says and believes it. For example, Dorian explains to Lord Henry that he went out to the country and became a changed man, a good man. He had killed Basil and admitted to Lord Henry that he did so.Lord Henry mocks him and doesn't believe him. Lord Henry tells him that a human cannot change no matter what.Dorian refuses to believe him but can't help the fact that Lord Henry might be correct about it.But still, Dorian believes that he is a good man. Later on, Dorian looks at the picture that