Frankenstein and his monster do seem to be very similar, like a father and a son. Technically, they could be considered as such since Frankenstein is his creator. Even without that reasoning, it is clear that they share similarities. I consider them to be alike because they are both dramatic with violent tempers, they are obsessive, and they can be unreasonable. I disagree that they share the exact same personality, though.
Society judges on looks, therefore, society described him as a monster. Monster is defined as an imaginary creature, typically large, ugly, and frightening and serves as a caveat (Dictionary.com). Mary Shelley uses the term monster when referring to the creation when she wants to demonstrate the differences between Victor and the creation. This monster, in such sense, might indicate a better version of humanity. However, the monster demonstrates that he can also be empathetic, as spoken about
Robert Walton’s character gives the reader a foretaste of what Viktor Frankenstein will do because their values are so much alike. In Walton’s letters to Mrs. Saville, he reveals a lot of his own characteristics. The ones that define him include narcissism, inexperience, and spirit of inquiry. He pushes forward without maturity and remains in a driven mindset, which we happen to see again. In Frankenstein’s character we come across qualities that resemble Robert Walton.
Comparison of Characters in Frankenstein and Paradise Lost Within the pages of both Frankenstein and Paradise Lost, there are many characters that can be compared. The characters that will be compared to each other in this essay will be Victor Frankenstein and Satan. They are comparable due to both of their desires to gain power in the likeness of God. They both suffer for this attempt and both leave paths of destructions in their wake. Even though the desire of power is different for Satan and Victor it still results in both crossing the line and attempting to play or become God.
Is it possible that characters in two altogether different books could have unbelieve common attributes? Through John Milton's Paradise Lost and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, there is an unquestionable association between every one of the characters. Two of the characters with the most comparable traits are Victor, from Frankenstein, and Satan, from Paradise lost. Victor rejects his creation because of his absence of emotions, which caused deep loneness. Satan also feels an unfathomable amount of emptiness and damage.
Initially, the most prevalent theme within Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is way the environment modifies one’s identity. In the story, society refers to Victor’s invention as a monster both physically and psychologically. Even though the creature’s physical characteristics are that of a monster, it is not until he is repeatedly rejected that he adopts the personality of one.
True heroes are troubled, confused, and often times very lonely; furthermore, they don’t always do what is considered “right.” Sometimes emotions get the better of them, and sometimes their emotions puzzle them because they have no control over the powerful feeling that inundates them. Heroes aren’t perfect or even the most expected of characters because all heroes cannot be placed into one category. Many types of heroes exist, and some can even be the best of villains. This is exactly what Mary Shelley exhibits in her gothic novel, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, through the development of gothic heroes who share these traits. Shelley does this by using many allusions to make clear the character actions and thoughts throughout the story.
“His yellow skin scarcely covered the work the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black… but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips” (Shelley 58) Victor Frankenstein describes his creation as an abominable creature. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor has the responsibility of taking care of his monster. However, Victor's actions after creating the monster result in an atrocious relationship with creator and creation. Victor--the creator--is supposed to look over his creation, in the same way parents take care of their child. Parents have
The monster affects Victors health mentally and physically, both feeling guilt, which prevents both characters from facing the reality of the situation. Mary Shelley wrote a truly controversial novel, with both characters becoming more complex over time, it truly shows the battle between hero versus anti-hero and will continue to be discussed over the next
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, shows how a character who is portrayed as a tragic hero, in the beginning, can become the monster in the end. Victor and the Monster in Mary Shelley’s captivating novel showed how rival enemies share striking similarities. The similarities between the two tragic characters are driven by their dreary isolation from the secluded world. A large difference is that they were both raised in two completely different environments but understood the meaning of isolation. Physical differences are more noticeable rather than their personalities.
In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Victor and the monster represent one mind divided into two different beings, where, when looked at individually seem helpless and weak, but when looked at as one mind, fulfill all the significant necessities of life described in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. They each share the same fulfillment in the two lower-level needs, but in different styles that enhance their unified mind. As for the higher-level needs, both individuals make up for one another’s lacking for a trait. Victor and the monster also each have their own qualities of a self-actualized being, which complement each other even more when looking at them as a whole. Without one another, as seen in the story, both individuals are impotent and vulnerable, but when viewed as two pieces of one larger being, the two reach the highest form of mind one can acquire.
In many novels throughout literature, enemies often share striking similarities. They push and pull at each other to the point where they lead to the each others undoing, yet they share tremendous likeness. In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly Victor Frankenstein and his creature are two sides of one person. Both despise each other, and in doing so they are despising themselves. There is a power struggle between the two adversaries, which leads to both Frankenstein, and his creature ending up alone.