The Theme Of Revenge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein was published in 1818 and since then, it has been a Gothic masterpiece. The story of Frankenstein was a famous literary artwork of Gothic fiction which was later followed be the Romantic Movement. Throughout the novel, Mary Shelley emphasizes on the theme of revenge. Mary Shelley, along with other Gothic novelists showed the character of human beings as woefully imperfect and at mercy for supernatural and powerful forces such as nature and death. At the beginning of the novel, we see that Victor Frankenstein, a high profile scientist is found chasing a Monster. Victor Frankenstein is being described as we see in a series of letters that Captain Walton has written. Moving from letter to letter, we find more information about the Monster that Victor is chasing and why he’s chasing him. The Monster is described as being deformed as he searches for love and companionship but only finds denial. Feeling lost and unwanted, the Monster vows for revenge against his creator, Victor Frankenstein. As the climax of the novel approaches, we see that the Monster has killed Henry Clerval, a childhood friend of Victor’s, and Victor’s wife Elizabeth. The theme…show more content…
Mary Shelley implements the destruction and theme throughout her works through her main characters. The first main character is Victor Frankenstein. We can see that Victor is a very ambitious, intelligent, and intellectual person. But towards the end of the novel, there is a feeling of vengeance that slowly grows itself in the heat of Victor. From wanting to get revenge to going to great lengths to get it, what makes Victor a tragic hero is his fatal flaw. Victor is characterized somewhat as a tragic hero with the fatal flaw of revenge. Revenge not only affects him, but effects his loved ones and friends as well. Being blind to other people’s feelings is another major thing that happened once he vowed vengeance and would do anything to get
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