The Victor And The Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In Frankenstein, there is a question of what it means to be fully human. Not in an anatomical form, but in an emotional and psychological way. In Frankenstein there is a definite point in which both victor and the monster cease to be human and become instead the animals both believe the other to be. Shelley tries to portray how allowing oneself to be governed by their emotions will destroy one’s life, and the lives of others, at a fundamental state. The fact is, both victor and the monster show severe inequities in their characters’. It would appear at first that the monster has an underdeveloped and sinister character, but later we see the unprincipality of Victor. The actuality is that neither one nor the other have truly shown themselves to be of greater integrity than the other. There characters don’t develop, but they change altogether. Victor is not a person who is completely with himself, his mental state is extreme. He goes from one excess of emotion to the next, all without being in that moment. Rather, he is in the emotion, and the emotion dictates what he will do…show more content…
He goes from an eagerness to learn and be civilized, to his inner character deteriorating, which finally completes his transformation into the monster he is on the outside. In the beginning, even the way the monster speaks is careful and gentle to match the character he possesses. But towards the end, when Victor is in the cemetery, the creature speaks harshly, this again matches the character which has now developed within him. A character of death and destruction . The monster is not about to change and resigns himself full heartedly to the role which he must now play. However, this shows us that the creature just doesn’t have the emotional courage to fight the backlash which he would forever have to fight, without the possibility of ever being
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