Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Essay

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Archetypal Characters inside Frankenstein

The novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley involves the complex issues with the creation of life through an inanimate life. Shelley uses these character archetypes to develop a deeper meaning of the characters intentions. Shelley does an excellent job at allowing the reader to have a peak at the characters inner thoughts and feelings. The archetypes presented in Frankenstein allow readers to identify with the character's role and purpose.
The foremost archetypes inside of Frankenstein were Victor Frankenstein’s creature has many archetypes that show throughout the story. In the narrative, the creature is shown to be the monster. The Monster is the character who has the intentions to destroy
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The monster was always judged on the way he looked which made him the outcast because he was not normal in the human’s eyes. By using this in depth character interplay, Shelley further expands upon the monster archetype and allows the reader to question who truly is the monster inside of Frankenstein.
Inside of Frankenstein Creature acts similar to a lost child without guidance from their Elders. All the atrocities he commits are out of the burning desire to have a place in society and the outsider archetype also leads to revolutionary acts, which includes the murders of Victor’s family. Such acts were shown in chapter 21 and 23 when Henry and Elizabeth were killed. The monster was not revolting against Victor who left him on his own to be rejected by society. This character archetype also corresponds with the archetype of the unwanted or neglected child. Shelley effectively uses this archetype as a means of communicating why Creature reacts the way he does to various situations. Since he was never shown any guidance or code of behavior, he failed to develop a conscience. I was dependent on none and related to none. The path of my departure was free, and there was none to lament my annihilation. My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred.

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