The Passion In Frankenstein

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“One man’s life or death but were a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought…” (22). Frankenstein, by Mary W. Shelley, touches on the the perspective of both Victor and the creatures story. Victor developed a passion to discover life and build a creature, but after being successful, Victor ignores his responsibilities and gives the monster a hard life, which in return causes the monster to seek revenge and kill all of Victor’s loved ones. Passion is used as an uncontrollable emotion, such as Victors drive for creating life, or his eventual drive to kill his creation. Obligations become used as a morally bound duty, similar to Victor 's duty to care for his creation and make the creature a female companion. Frankenstein,…show more content…
As a student at the University of Ingolstadt, Victor growningly became obsessed with understanding life and death and creating his own version of a creature. Victor became completely engrossed in his study, and unintentionally began to cause a decline in his health by ignoring his own responsibilities to maintain his health. Victor described his health by saying “my cheek had grown pale with study, and my person had become emaciated with continement” (44). After two years of commitment, Victor finally was successful and built a creature of massive size, but immediately disliked and was scared of his own creation. “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bed chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep” (47). Victor’s job as a creator is to basically treat it like it is his son and raise him and teach him how to go through life. Rather than fulfilling his obligation as a creator, Victor is terrified by his own creation and runs from it, ignoring his mistake for years, until it comes back into its life in an unfortunate way. Purposely being oblivious to his being and the world around him, Victor did not begin to face his mistake until two years later when he lossed William, his younger
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