Shelley’s novel encompasses the unknown and how ambition drove Victor’s passions, ultimately leading him to the tragic end with many other bumps in the road along the way. As Victor had been in the study of life and its cause, the death of his mother had catalyzed a movement of grief which had started, “…depriv[ing him]self of rest and health. [Which he] had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation…” (Shelley 35). Even though he knew that he had been raiding graveyards, Victor believed that he created the body with the ‘finest body parts’ available. However, upon realizing had created an abomination as he finished, he flees, “…now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (Shelley 35).
The other thought Victor had about suicide was, “In that hour I should die and at once satisfy and extinguish his malice.”(Shelley 158). He wanted to live no longer because the monster threatened him and he was just done with life. “Feels very sad, down, empty or hopeless.’(NIMH). Victor felt sad during this time because “I thought of Elizabeth, of my father, and of Clerval.”(Shelley 162). Victor was long away from his “sister”, his dad and his friend, he just wanted to see his family and friend.
We see that he loves her and wants the best for her because he insists that she pray before he kills her because “[Othello] would not kill thy unprepared spirit,” (V,ii. 36). Othello is a different man and can no longer give her the love that she deserved. His heart had grown so cold that he cannot give her mercy, so he rather decided to kill her with a clean spirit, to get the love and mercy from elsewhere. On that note, a guiltless death she dies (V,ii.
Do you share my madness?” (Shelley 28). After everything he went through, Victor still thought that the quest for knowledge was worth the death of his entire family because male identity is tied to his romanticized quest, “Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows.” (215). We must ask, what shifts Victor’s purpose from a warning to a doubling down on his male hubris? In part, it is a refutation on his own feminine nature. His inability to except feminine qualities within himself causes him to fail at caring for his creation, to separate himself from the domestic life, and to view femininity as a
Thirdly, the theme appears when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and explains how his grief about his daughter’s death revealed his true self. Peter’s daughter’s death was a part of his life and ruined him, so in order for Hazel to live her best life she cannot give up because Gus is dead. Hazel must conquer her fear of death to then live her best life. Only when Hazel lives her best life can she be ready to
When Cathy dies, an astounding level of individualism is demonstrated by Heathcliff when he cries “May she wake in torment!... Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you--haunt me, then!” (Bronte 91). This shows that his love is out self preservation, he would rather have her tormented than rest in peace because he still needs her. He is not willing to sacrifice his own need for her in order
In the beginning Aylmer was a scientist that only cared about his experiments, then he fell in love and stopped his scientific work, but then he found a reason to continue his scientific work which led to the death of his wife. At the end of the story Aylmer regretted pressuring his wife to change herself and feels remorseful for what he did. The Birthmark follows the struggles of man versus nature and man versus self. The main character Aylmer suffered no not being about to accept the flaws of his wife but also the fact that he cannot do everything, mostly because it is not his place to do these things. As the story develops the need for Aylmer to reach perfection grows stronger and later kills his wife.
Through textual evidence, I believe that Louise Mallard did not see her husband at the bottom of the stairs, but rather passed from the prospect of freedom that she could not handle, and therefore the last line of the story is not sardonic, but in fact truthful; Louise Mallard truly did die of joy that kills. Firstly, Louise’s death was a result of her dissatisfaction with life. In the text, Louise repeatedly makes clear to the reader that she did not enjoy her married life despite Brently’s “kind, tender hands... [and] face that had never looked save with love upon her (Chopin 525).” In Louise’s opinion marriage, it is nothing more to her than a “powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence (Chopin 525).” Throughout her internal monologue, Louise is
In the novel Life of Pi, by Martel Yann, he uses a juxtaposition to show Pi’s ambivalence: “It’s not right that gentleness meet horror. Better that you had died right away" (139). Here the contrast is between “gentleness” and horror”. These two words show Pi’s ambivalent feelings. He thinks the Orange is a great mother but he does not hope that she comes to his lifeboat because she will arouse a massacre.
Suddenly she gets a little soft when she sees King Duncan sleeping. She says to her husband, “Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done ’t” (II, ii, 12-13). This is a big change for Lady Macbeth because up to this point, we have only seen her as a heartless woman who will do anything for the thrown. Out of nowhere she is compassionate towards King Duncan stating she could not kill him because he looked too much like her father. She still wants him dead but she knows if she did it she would feel guilty for her
The hand serves as the image of mankind. Aylmer sees his wife’s birthmark as “the symbol of his wife’s liability to sin, sorrow, decay, and death” (2). The way he views the mark on her cheek serves as a reminder that death is inevitable for both him and Georgiana. It contrasts Aylmer’s idea of achieving perfection through science and it disturbs him. When Aylmer dreams of removing Georgiana’s birthmark, he sees that the hand’s “tiny grasp appeared to have caught hold of Georgiana’s heart; whence, however her husband was inexorably resolved to cut or wrench it away,” (3).
As a result of her crying, Paul questions, "Why doesn 't she stop worrying? Kemmerich will stay dead whether she knows about it or not. When a man has seen so many dead he cannot understand any longer why there should be so much anguish over a single individual" (181). Knowing the unlikely chance of staying alive in war, Paul, unlike Kemmerich 's mom, knows how easy being killed is. Although her reaction appears over-the-top, she probably believes that she is acting