The Role Of Guilt In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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“I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to hell of intense tortures such as no language can describe.” (Frankenstein 101) Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley. This quote was said by Victor Frankenstein explaining how he felt about Justine’s trial after the death of William. Once Justine’s trial ended in her death, Victor became very guilty because he knew that this all started because of his passion and ignorance that led to the creation of his dream. His guilt made him flee from his family and separate himself from society. While on his expedition he ran into his creation which made him seem more monster than human. Frankenstein’s creation is represented as Victor’s more human side towards society and Victor himself.…show more content…
As he grew up, his dreams became more achievable which later led to the creation of his invention. During the process of creating the creature, Mary Shelley began to show Victor as less human because of his love for his dream and his passion towards it. In the poem “Mutability” quoted in Frankenstein, Percy says, “We rest—a dream has power to poison sleep.” By this, Mary Shelley expresses how society is oblivious of Victor and his ideas and what they could lead to in the future. The dream represents Victor’s idea to create the monster and his passion for his project and because of that, he isn’t able to get sleep because of the abnormal amount of time he spends alone working on the invention while being excluded from society at the same
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