Part of the novel examines his immense kindness and his unavoidable loneliness. Unfortunately, those two, manageable emotions don’t last long due to his unmanageable rage outweighing them. Shelley conveys these three sentiments on pages 128-131 through imagery and tone in order to tie those rhetorical functions into the greater theme
He forced himself into isolation from his family and friends because he immersed himself into science instead of dealing with his mother’s death. He also felt alone and isolated because he deprived himself of human companionship, which could have drove him into making a new species. This scene stresses selfishness because Victor abandoned his family to achieve fame and glory for himself. His mother’s death took a toll on his whole family except him. He left his family behind to cope and grieve in such a sensitive time.
Separation from others may seem odd at times, but it comes with positive and negative outcomes. For some it allows them to devote time to things they love, while for others it causes them to feel isolated ,and inferior to others. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, both Victor and his monster deal with times where they are separated from society. Like Victor some may take time to enjoy what their passionate about, but others will feel miserable like the monster did. The story is an example of how society impacts people, and the importance of feeling accepted by
He finds himself filled with a depressed mania lamenting " Despair had indeed almost secured her prey , and I should soon have sunk beneath this misery " (INSERT ) . Victor has suffered so much misery after the loss of his family , and as well after being alone for as long as he has with little to eventually no one to support him . For Victor , it was in his period of isolation that he truly lost the happiness that made him , himself . Another prime example of a character who suffers due to a period of isolation would be that of Alphonse Frankenstein , Victor's father . Alphonse was a man who experienced great joy and comfort in the presence of his loved one , it was clear to see that he was a happy and loving man .
Joyce Carol Oates states in her essay Frankenstein Fallen Angel, “…he (Victor) seems blind to the fact that is apparent to any reader – that he has loosed a fearful power into the world, whether it strikes his eye as aesthetically pleasing or not, and he must take responsibility for it.” Victor is unwilling to care for the creature, because he finds him dreadful, so he takes the easy way out and leaves the creature to take care of himself, which he is not capable of doing. Victor’s obsession to act superhuman blinded him while he was creating the creature because he had a desire to assemble the creature from makeshift parts so that the creature would be hideous and therefore inferior to Victor. The creature is formed as an ugly being so that it is easier for Victor to walk away from. Victor is willing to abandon his own creation because he views the creature as a, “… filthy mass that moved and talked” (136). Victor is stirred by his work, but not in a positive manner.
Altogether the monster in Frankenstein feels betrayed by his creator, lonely while he was alone in the woods with no one around him and helpless when he was not able to understand what was going on in the world he was living in. Through the novel the monster was able to gain knowledge about himself because he was forced to fight for his own life while being on his own. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the themes of betrayal, loneliness and helplessness all contribute to the meaning of the pain one feels when they can’t find meaning in
It is quite telling that the most severe punishment in our society other than the death penalty or torture is solitary confinement. Although, isolation is in itself a form of torture, it can drive someone to the brink of insanity. Although published nearly 200 years ago, Mary Shelley clearly understood the potential detrimental effects of isolation, as demonstrated in her famous novel, Frankenstein, where both main characters, Victor Frankenstein and his creation, suffer from and cause isolation for the other. Mary Shelley directs the reader to believe that isolation is the true evil, not the monster, Victor or any emotion inside of them. At the beginning of the novel, Victor is isolated from other people, causing to forget his scientific
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.
Victor Frankenstein had spent years studying in Ingolstadt without family or even friends and the test of time proved it to be hugely unhealthy from him. To start off, this isolation took a toll on Victor’s mind as he could no longer see beauty outside of his pursuit of knowledge. This is seen when he says, “Never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage, but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature” (55). Before studying in Ingolstadt and before exploring his curiosity, Victor enjoyed nature. Apparently, it is because of this interest in the human body that made him see the outside world of no importance and now, he is “insensible to the charms of nature”.
Frankenstein left the monster alone, and the monster reacted for seeking that Frankenstein should feel just as much loneliness and woe and he did by killing off his entire family. Shelly is therefore claiming that one's own nature and forms in which they were nurtured (Frankenstein) have an effect on those of others, and can even cause someone else to be more inhumane than the original person (the daemon). This is seen in human nature, where one who experiences abandonment from a parent because the parent's nature causes them to flee, this person will be more likely to commit crimes due to their loneliness and lack of direction by a parental figure. This translates directly into the plot of the story,