The moment he genuinely watched what he'd made he felt pounded and he said it unmistakably "and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart". Furthermore, Victor is affected very deeply by the unjust murders of Justine and William. He is completely devastated by the fact that indirectly he was at fault for both of their deaths. He explains this guilt and regret through his statement, “It was to be decided, whether the result of my curiosity and lawless devices would cause the death of two of my
Toward the start of the novel, a young man named Victor experiences childhood in Geneva “deeply smitten with the thirst for knowledge” (Shelley, 20). The way Victor sees it, the world is a mystery which he longs to find. His interest in the insider facts of the world drive him to contemplate philosophy and science at the University of Ingolstadt. Victor starts to additionally think about revelations of
This much is true for Victor’s failure to take responsibility for not only teaching his creation about life but also failure to take responsibility for the actions of his creation. “Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy… you shall be my first victim” (153). Victor’s knows that he is responsible for the death of William because he abandoned his creation and made the monster learn the hard way that he would not be accepted into society. But he has no choice but to let Justine take the fall for the death of his brother because he fears being seen as a madman.
Ironweed shares Francis Phelan’s daunting experience during events set during the Great Depression. Francis Phelan, a washed up baseball player that turns into an alcoholic after the accidental death of his younger son Gerald (XX). The consequences of these events result in Francis, fleeing home, working at a graveyard, reconciling with ghosts and witnessing the death of his two friends and lover before his eyes. Francis turned away from his family and all that loved him most. Depressed and desolated, while perfecting the art of forgetting his past struggles; guilt and alcohol are all that remained in his life.
Justine took the blame for a crime she didn’t even commit and wasn’t afraid. “I do not fear to die… I am resigned to the fate awaiting me”(91). Victor shows fear throughout the novel. He first shows fear when his creation of the monster is complete. “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep”(47).
In particular, Shakespeare displays how Hamlet’s identity is shaped: during his mourning phase, as he relies on his closest allies, and when he faces Laertes at the end of the play. Hamlet faces a torrent of emotions when his father dies. He feels despondent and as though his life is worth nothing. Thus, adversity shapes his identity – bringing out his deepest, darkest qualities. In the beginning of the play Hamlet wishes that his “too sullied flesh would melt”, and this is an indication of his desperation and dissatisfaction with life.
The more time he spent in the lab and the less outside with his friends, the harder it became for him to shut his mind off. It would still buzz as he put himself to sleep, edging him into new ideas. Countless times I would wake to him shaking me, ‘Xander! Wake up you need to see this…’ pulling me up by the hands, exclaiming he had the newest life changing invention. I would always humour him, following and listening to his explanations, half excited and half drained.
In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s three characters; Victor Frankenstein, Robert Walton, and the Monster, all of them were knowledge seekers and dedicated their lives to learn, explore and create new things. Their thirst for knowledge put them into many harmful situations. Victor Frankenstein, one of the character was a voracious reader who read out of date work of ancient physicians and alchemists. He also explored and learned about the science especially chemistry against his father’s wish. Victor proved himself as an intelligent, ambitious and hardworking scientist and his main interest was chemistry at Ingolstadt University.
He fell in love with his own beauty more and more and watched the dissolution of his soul with great interest "(chapter XI). The reader definitely sees that Dorian felt under Lord Henry influence, who in turn “encourages Dorian to live a ‘life of sensual pleasure, while he himself enjoys looking on from a safe intellectual distance’. Herein lies the Mephistophelean aspect of his character” Lord Henry is primarily a secular man, and throughout the novel, he does not commit a single act that confirms his extraordinary character, which manifests itself only in words. Oscar Wilde for a long time reproached himself for the same, and not without reason he wrote about the novel: "I 'm afraid that he looks like my life - continuous conversations and no action." In a late conversation with Dorian, Lord Henry emphasizes: "Murder is always a mistake.
The end of the Creature occurs with his encounter of Robert Walton and the realization that Victor is in fact dead. He then hides away to die in peace away from society and everything that had pushed him away from human existence. Despite this being the downfall of the Creature, Robert Walton sees him differently than others and through Robert Mary Shelley demonstrates another aspect of being an outcast in this novel. (Erika.g.simon…. the outcast in frankenstein) good example of the creature’s intelligence and eloquence was that he was pointing out that even the worst of men are allowed to defend themselves before judgment is passed.