Sympathy For Victor In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The desire to discover what has not yet been discovered or to know what remains unknown often causes destruction and misery. In the Gothic novel Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley during the Romantic Era, the protagonist Victor Frankenstein experiences anguish after creating life. Victor shares with the reader the anxiety he suffers and the grievous events that permanently alter his perspective after creating a monster. Throughout the novel the reader develops sympathy for Victor due to his dedication to do the right thing, admirable purpose for his creation and the consequences he endures. One is compelled to show affection toward Victor because of his determination to perform noble acts despite the hardships he faces. Victor feels responsible…show more content…
Victor can no longer be who he once was. He lives in constant fear of losing another loved one because the monster is not yet finished his work. After his union with Elizabeth his creation kills her as well and his father who, overwhelmed with depression passes away. By creating this being Victor brings suffering upon himself which changes his personality and perspective. All aspects of his health are diminished and he becomes an isolated individual with no family to encourage him to keep pushing…show more content…
Throughout the novel the reader learns that he does not create the monster to kill others, but to restore life to inanimate objects. The monster causes Victor to face several mental and physical challenges, but he is still able to warn Walton about his creation. Victor wishes to create life and accomplishes his goal, but the creation deprives Victor of his family, identity and life. Throughout her novel, Shelley teaches the reader the dangers of knowledge and that the acquirement of knowledge can come with negative
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