Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Monster

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Many authors give their characters a particular motive in their novels. The knowledge of the personality and background of a creative author has a direct and crippling effect on the creature in the novel, as the author struggles to reconcile his or her own perception of himself or herself, while simultaneously attempting to satisfy his or her maddening desire for divine approval and acceptance. Throughout the novel Frankenstein, it is apparent that the two main characters, Victor Frankenstein and the monster created by this man, share the parallel obsession of revenge. In Frankenstein, author Mary Shelley asserts that the feeling of loneliness causes those characters who are affected by such a feeling of loneliness to seek revenge, as evidenced by each of the creature’s murder of William, Victor’s destruction of the female monster, and the subsequent death of Victor.
Victor Frankenstein is a man from a privileged family who becomes obsessed with pursuing scientific advancements, and he is, through much trial and experimentation, able to create a living being. The creature becomes excluded from society, and tries to humanize himself through an increased knowledge of language. At the beginning of the novel, Victor discovers what he believes to be the secret of success in life and creates an intelligent but grotesque monster, from whom he recoils in horror. Victor knows that his creation was no beauty, and proclaims, “More hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly…
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