The Theme Of Self-Reliance In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Oftentimes people are too afraid of what people might think to show their full potential. This is not the case for Victor in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. In Frankenstein we see the journey of Victor and his creation as they separately get rejected and misunderstood by society. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein supports Emerson’s ideas of self-reliance because Victor shows that fearless people can achieve greatness. As we follow Victor through his journey of completing his goal we can see how he refuses to give up on his goal. He experiences multiple failures and false hope, however he never gives up. Victor has many setbacks like having to deal with the grief of his dying mother and becoming very ill due to the sleepless nights. These setbacks do not hold Victor back. He chooses to isolate himself from the world to complete his life goal. Victor fully trusted in himself which gave him the ability to do what he did. Like Emerson says, “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” If you trust yourself you can truly be content with whatever you do. If you work hard you can achieve greatness. Victor shows us that not all that comes…show more content…
While seen having multiple setbacks Victor was able to persevere and achieve greatness. While overcoming the fear of being misunderstood Victor was able to complete his goal and achieve greatness, whether that greatness be good or bad. Many people have the fear of not being accepted by society because of your ideas or beliefs. Vicor overcomes this and shoes that other people opinions do not matter and people should do what makes them happy. Not all ideas are great. While Victor did persevere and achieve greatness in his mind, his idea resulted in destruction when his creation started to murder innocent people. Greatness can be good or
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