The Transformation by Mary Shelley

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What does a person think holds the most influence; the mistake itself or the actions that fallow after seeing the daylight of their mistakes? Will the mistakes be left to suffer in silence or will that person submit to their fatalities in a humble manner? In the short story “Transformation” by Mary Shelley, the main character Guido recalls his life story and admits all the horrible mistakes he made, despite his shame and embarrassment. He’s a young man who was desperately in love with Juliet; although he was an arrogant and selfish man who disregarded Juliet’s feelings. Even after he realized he had lost Juliet forever, a dwarf convinces him revenge is the adequate reaction. So, Guido trades his appearance and life for the Dwarf’s riches. Guido believes that in order to exact revenge on Juliet and her father he needs money; the catch is this exchange will only last for three days. When he sees the Dwarf inside his own body, he realizes his own faults and his selfless act in response re-paid his debt in the end. The moral lesson of “Transformation” by Mary Shelley is that making a mistake is not the biggest issue; what you do once you realize where you went wrong is what matters. The author developed this moral through conflict and characterization. Mary Shelley use Guido’s inside war as a conflict in her short story “Transformation” to help support the moral lesson that making a mistake isn’t what truly matters. It is your reaction from your mistake and what you learn
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