The Power Of Passion In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

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“Be the fire, not the moth”. This short saying, which Giacomo Casanova spoke, is a representation of the self-destruction that can be brought about by one’s passion. This is the theme in many books. In Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein, the devotion that the Frankenstein and his Monster have for their passion exemplifies and, in the end, causes their eternal suffering. In the story, Frankenstein is rescued from freezing to death in the Arctic by a researcher named Walton. Frankenstein tells Walton his life story and how he made the biggest mistake of his life which was pursuing the acquirement of knowledge. In her narrative, the author uses mirroring language to prove that the passion for knowledge leads to mental torment, ultimately…show more content…
The Monster also uses a simile when he claims, “like a lichen on the rock”. This display the overbearing passion that knowledge has over someone is natural and cannot be restrained. Shelly uses the language of curiosity when she makes her statement that one’s passion for knowledge is overpowering. In addition, the author uses slave language to convey that overpowering passion leads to misery. For example, the Monster continues to tell Frankenstein about his past experiences. He has now become depressed and miserable. He illustrates to Frankenstein that he got shot in the shoulder after saving a little girl from drowning in a river. He painfully describes, “My sufferings were augmented also by the oppressive sense of the injustice and ingratitude of their infliction” (152). The monster illustrates that his sufferings are always growing because of his slavery to his passion. All he wants is friendship, but, because of the way he looks, he cannot find a companion that wants to have a relationship with him. The Monster also uses alliteration when he expresses, “the injustice and ingratitude of their infliction.” Through this literary device he points out the inequality that he receives from the people around him. Frankenstein and his Monster make a deal that if Frankenstein builds the Monster a female companion, like himself, then he will leave with his new friend to South America
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