The Symbol Of Freedom In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein '

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Chase McMillan Ms. Bonnem British Literature 14 September 2016 Frankenstein Formal Paper reation enslave him and spends from the moment he brings the creature to life to the day he dies running from the bondage he unintentionally creates. The symbol of freedom is very important in the beginning of the book because it is what Frankenstein reflects back to and yearns for while in the midst of turmoil. He never experiences more normal circumstances than at this point in his life. Frankenstein has the freedom to do as he pleases. He reads books, studies literature, explores sciences, and finds love. Frankenstein’s ability to explore new ideas and create are his biggest sources of freedom. At a young age, Victor discovers the teachings of Cornelius…show more content…
After Frankenstein experiences the death of Elizabeth, he understands that he is the cause of all the deaths in his family and promises to seek revenge on his creation. All the guilt he has turns into anger and fuels his impulse for revenge on the monster. He very passionately and assuredly describes his anger when he says, “My revenge is of no moment to you... I confess that it is the devouring and only passion of my soul,” (217) and promises to seek justice for what he believes is rightfully his. Frankenstein travels to the ends of the world to enact the revenge he thinks he deserves. Frankenstein follows his creation to one of the most symbolic places on earth in coalition with his heart, The Arctic. He brings himself to his wit’s end on this search for the monster. However, Frankenstein describes how revenge is his driving force when he says, “many times have I stretched my failing limbs upon the sandy plain, and prayed for death. But revenge kept me alive; I dare not die, and leave my adversity in being" (219). Frankenstein’s rage filled hunt for his creation comes to an end when he realizes he will not be able to catch the monster. He comes to terms with this decision to give up by instructing captain Robert Walton to carry out his dying wish to kill the monster. At the end of Shelley 's novel, the creator dies but his creation lives, forced to live a life of…show more content…
He is at one point free to conduct his life in any way he desires but takes the road less traveled into a life full of despair. Victor does end up getting his revenge on hid crestion. Not by killing the monster, but by forcing it to live in solitude for the rest of his life. Although he does get revenge, it costs him the single most important thing someone can possess, his
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