Literary Elements In Frankenstein

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In the gothic horror novel, Frankenstein (1818), by Mary Shelley, a young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, from Switzerland, attends university in the hopes of making a scientific breakthrough, much like those he reads and looks up to, while dedicating his time to his research and construction of a human-like creature from deceased body parts and brings life back to its lifeless form; however, he is frightened by the sight of his creation and leaves it to wander off on its own, until it leads to the mysterious death of Victor’s youngest brother, William. After this death occurs Victor finds his creation in the woods near his childhood home and quickly puts the puzzle pieces together, which leads Victor and his creation to turn to a life of revenge…show more content…
During his second night in the woods, he wakes up hungry in the midst of the dark, “I felt tormented by hunger and thirst. This roused me from nearly dormant state,” much like a baby screaming in the night, so someone can feed him or her; however, since Victor’s creation is in an adult body he can successfully feed itself (Shelley, Lines 24-26). The following day, the monster awoke once again soon before the rising of the sun with nothing but thoughts to consume him, “I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept,” which leads him to break down in tears like a baby who does not know how to deal with things except through crying (Shelley, Lines 36-38). One encounter with animals in the forest brings him joy, “I was delighted when I first saluted my ears, proceeded from the throats of the little winged animals who had often intercepted the light from my eyes,” but since his is naive of the name ‘birds’ it is obvious that he is comparable to a child (Shelley, Lines
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