The True Hero In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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“The more I saw them, the greater my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures: to see their sweet looks directed toward me with affection” (Shelley 86). These are the motivating words that a hero needs to hear to encourage him to embark on his journey. These are the words that prepare the hero for what is to come as he takes this leap of faith. Frankenstein's monster is the true hero of this story in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He is the true hero because he, like a hero develops a monstrous amount of courage to do something terrifying, he is extremely determined to reach his goal in order to be happy, and he is willing to risk certain aspects of his life that he values…show more content…
This is a defining characteristic of a hero and the monster displays determination throughout his time of existence in the novel. An example of how he is determined to get what he wants can be seen through his “haunting” of Victor to get him to create a companion for him. The monster endures years of waiting, unforgiving weather conditions, starvation, dehydration, and loneliness to make sure that Victor holds his part of the agreement. Through all of his trials, nothing stopped the Monster from holding Victor accountable to his part of the bargain. This can bee seen through the quote, “You have destroyed the work which you begun; what is it that you intend? I have endured toil and misery... do you dare destroy my hopes? I before reasoned with you, but you proved yourself unworthy of my condescension. Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; obey” (Shelley 114). This quote shows how adamant he is that Victor follows through and stays true to his work. The determination seen through the monster’s struggles and journeys is a characteristic of a hero. A hero never gives up or if he does, it takes a lot of motivation or trial to stop him/her from continuing on his/her…show more content…
This conclusion can be made because the Monster has the characteristics of a hero. These Characteristics include courage development, determination, risk taking, and a sacrificial spirit. The Monster in Frankenstein had proper motivation to be so determined and courageous to get what he desired in life. He longed to be accepted by others; this was his struggle in life. All heros encounter some sort of struggle on their journeys. It’s how these heros deal with their struggles that truly defines their
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