How Does Victor Bear His Own Hell In Frankenstein

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Virgil once said, “Each of us bears his own hell” (“Virgil”). In Mary Shelley Wollenscraft’s Frankenstein, Victor bear his own hell when living through the persecution of his creation. Victor Frankenstein experiences a complete katabasis through: his descent into hell by destroying his mind, his lowest points when the monster torments him, and his decision to not let the monster ruin his life, which allows him to arise from hell. Victors treatment of his own psyche during the construction of his creation leads to Victors descent into hell. In the beginning, Victor's mind is only desensitized, which is the start of his fall. Victor tells us of this desensitization when he says, “Darkness had no effect upon my fancy, and a churchyard was to …show more content…

The examination, the presence of the magistrate and witnesses, passed like a dream from my memory when I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval stretched before me. I gasped for breath, and throwing myself on the body, I exclaimed, “Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry, of life (99). Though Victor struggles with these tribulations, he does not break until the monster murders Victor's wife on their wedding night. “She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down and her pale and distorted features half covered by her hair. Everywhere I turn I see the same figure— her bloodless arms and relaxed form flung by the murderer on its bridal bier”(110). Victor is at a loss when he realizes that nearly everyone he loves is dead. Though Victor does not want to go on living, he rises from hell in order to ruin the thing that ruined him.“They were dead, and I lived; their murderer also lived, and to destroy him I must drag out my weary existence” (114). Victor chases his monster relentlessly, across oceans, through countries, endeavouring rough terrain, unwilling to give up (114-117). Victor grows weak as the harsh journey slowly tears apart his health. But even in his weakest physical state, he begs to continue his expedition. Although Victor does not live to see the monster die, he

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