Romantic Hero

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A romantic hero is a person that seems to be the outcast, he may or may not be wealthy, he will have his own set of moral codes, his life is filled with strife, which he overcomes and wins. He is also in tune with nature and his feelings. The romantic hero is a rebel that ignores the set rules of society in pursuit of their own self fulfillment. Mary Shelly both supports and critiques the concept in her novel.
Frankenstein demonstrates many traits of the romantic hero. He is in tune with nature, has intense feelings that guide his actions, periods of being alone and being seen as the underdog, his moral code is questionable, and stifle is ever-present in his life. He is very much driven by his emotions, “My temper was sometimes violent,
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He knows nothing, “I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept” (pg 71). He is casted out into the world. He has no money, food, or education with barely scraps for cloths. Everywhere he goes he is met with screams of terror or attacked “I had hardly placed a foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked, until, grievously bruised by stoned and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped” (pg 74). He has real feelings of pain, sorrow, loneliness “words cannot convey an idea of the heart sickening despair that I then endured” (pg 71). His moral code is not taught so he has to decipher things on his own and seems; in the beginning to have a born sense of compassion, understanding and human desire for acceptance “I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone” (pg 69). Even with his hardship and strife he manages to get an education, provide food and shelter for him, to survive against the odds. Robert Walton is not really portrayed as a romantic hero as much as the other two. He is calms and invigorated by nature “I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves, and fills me with delight” (pg 1). He was born with