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The Road to Despair: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Essay

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The obsessed search for knowledge, fame and fortune can often undervalue one’s life and become the main focus of their existence. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, she proves that obsession is a dangerous aspect of the human behavior, which always results in a negative outcome, this is mainly portrayed through the protagonist of the story Dr. Victor Frankenstein, because of Dr. Frankenstein’s obsessive personality he fails to recognize the affects of his scientific experiments which eventually lead to his and his family’s death.

As the doctor gives a glimpse of his early childhood, his earliest memories include those of “Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to
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Frankenstein does not reflect his friend’s emotions. Clerval accompanies him to England where he is murdered by the monster. After his friend’s murder, the doctor wonders “Have my Murderous machination deprived you also my dearest Henry, of life” (Shelley 167). Unfortunately Clerval’s loyalty and affection towards his friend is what drives the creature to murder him. Devastation and desolation are very prevalent in this novel and are almost always caused because of the creation; in this example the creature brutally murders the innocent Clerval because the doctor refuses to create a partner for him. It is evident that this could all have been avoided if the doctor had not been obsessed with creating the monster in the first place.

After the doctor refuses to make the monster a mate, the enraged creature savagely murders the doctor’s wife on their wedding night. Shortly after his wife’s murder, he speaks to a magistrate and confesses everything that has happened leading up to that point, he expresses his hatred for his creation when he says “My rage is unspeakable when I reflect that the murderer, whom I have turned loose upon society, still exists” (Shelley 191). Previously the monster had sought revenge on the doctor for having destroyed the chance of him having a mate, the doctor now wanted to take revenge on the creature for the murder of his family. His past obsession with giving the monster life
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