Use Of Foils In Frankenstein

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Frankenstein Foil Essay The idea of obtaining new knowledge is what makes us human to strive to be the better version of ourselves. The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley alludes to the effect that knowledge on humans and brings up ethical questions on the value of human life. The theme is further developed in the novel through the use of foils within the characters. At first glance Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein seem suitable foils to a greater extend but in reality the creature is a better contrast for Victor Frankenstein. The creature responses to Victor's hatred with love consequently exhibiting Victor’s inhuman side. It can be argued that Walton and Victor are foils because Walton's direct responsibility with his crew highlights …show more content…

At the beginning of the novel Victor is obsessed with finding the secret of life. He isolates himself from the world in order to fully focus in his studies. Once he successfully reaches his objective he want nothing to do with it. His abandonment to the creation leads the creature to seek vengeance on Victor. His vengeance results to the death of William, Victor's Father, Elizabeth and Henry which cultivates Victor’s hatred. Victor's abandonment turns the creature into a child who is desperately in need of love. “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on. Even now my blood boils at the recollection of this injustice” (Shelley 275). Victor's unjust actions hurts the creature because he does see Victor as a fatherly figure. The creator continues to show his love for Victor when he says, “I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men, to misery” (Shelley 275). At the end of The creator’s love manifest the inhuman side of Victor. Victor gives life to a human being that tries to give him love but in return he runs away and abandons the person who is essentially his …show more content…

Victor creates life and the creature takes away life. Victor is God because he can create people and he can decide how their physical characteristics will be like. “My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create” (Shelley 173). The creature asks Victor to create life with specific characteristics. Much like how people pray to God when they want to conceive a child. The creature his God because he chooses when it’s time to kill a human. When Victors does not obey the creature orders he slowly starts to kill of the Frankenstein

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