Essay On The Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein and his monster throughout chapters 17-21, face massive amounts of inner turmoil which ultimately result in the two male figures spiraling into a reality characterized by darkness, deceit and lunacy. Mary Shelley aligning with Rousseau’s philosophy paints a world in which we are bound to the stark expectations of humanity. When Victors ventures off on his own, he time after time fails to make the right decision, further endangering all he holds near. Set on independence and isolation he marches to the beat of his own drum only to find himself trapped in world of guilt and sorrow. Although he countlessly rejects the help of others, his loved ones temporarily provide his soul with meager respites from the incessant whine of his own counsions. Frankenstein's monster on the other hand does not have the luxury of being raised in a well nurturing, loving community. While Victor’s isolation is voluntary, his is a consequence of his horrific exterior. Dealing with rejection from the society around him and a utter lack of companionship he fights for a reality in which he can find someone to love him the way he sees other beings being loved. He longs to “feel the affection of a sensitive being and became linked to the chain of existence and events from which I…show more content…
When seeing the passion, joy, wonder, and curiosity Clerval demonstrates Victor says “he was inquisitive and anxious to gain experience...He was also pursuing an object he had in view.” (147-148). Clerval’s fascination with the world around him and desire to learn poses a strong connection with Wordsworth and his poem “Tintern Abbey”. Shelly even goes as far as using Byron’s poem after saying “The scenery of external nature, which others regarded only with admiration he regarded with ardour” (145). She uses Wordsworth and Clerval to show how far Victor has dissented into a dark place of grief, guilt, and
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