Gaining Knowledge And Isolation In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, Shelley conveys the pursuit of gaining knowledge and isolation and how it affects someone mentally by using similes, diction, contrast, and hyperbole. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is telling Walton how gaining knowledge has turned him into a different person. Walton is making a comment of what he knows of Victor's story and how he thinks Victor was like in his prosperity of knowledge. “He is thus noble and godlike in ruin!” Walton is stating that Victor was gaining knowledge and achieved what his plan was. The use of the simile, “godlike” illustrates Victor being and feeling extremely powerful that he felt that no one can ruin him and his power like a god. But, this all had to end at a certain part of time. When Victor’s downfall did come, when the monster took over Victor’s life, Victor was still noble and godlike. Victor knew his own worth and knew how great his downfall was. “Like the archangel who aspired to omnipotence, I am chained in an eternal hell.” In this quote there is a simile, diction, and hyperbole. In this sentence, it is stating that Victor did what the archangel did to…show more content…
Victor's isolation from other people and nature has made him think of himself and other things of importance to him. “I have longed for a friend. Behold, on these desert seas I have found such a one.” Victor was and isolated himself from humans. This has made him think over what was the cause and effects of his decisions. The contrast, “desert seas”, portrays where and what he has seeked for a friend. Victor has isolated himself that he knows that he wasn’t looking for a friend but he needed one. He has found Walton in the middle of a extremely cold place that is isolated from humans. Isolation has made Victor tell his story to someone who is going the same pathways as he was in his younger years and to make him think what could possibly happen if he carries on this
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