The fictional horror novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is driven by the accentuation of humanity’s flaws. Even at the very mention of her work an archetypal monster fills one’s imagination, coupled with visions of a crazed scientist to boot. Opening her novel with Robert Walton, the conduit of the story, he also serves as a character to parallel the protagonist’s in many ways. As the ‘protagonist’ of the story, Victor Frankenstein, takes on the mantle of the deluded scientist, his nameless creation becomes the embodiment of a truly abandoned child – one left to fend for itself against the harsh reality posed by society. On the other hand, Walton also serves as a foil to Victor – he is not compulsive enough to risk what would be almost
He had betrayed frankenstein in the part that the monster had turned evil and wanted something back in return for all the pain and suffering the monster has had. He was really hoping that making the monster would help more discoveries. He is an innocent being called a villain.”Frankenstein I’m astounded. This is the greatest discovery of the age! A wonderful piece of work!”.
Victor’s actions show us that he despised his creation. What he didn’t realize was that his actions in trying to carry out his plan, were actually killing him slowly, because he was not capable of fulfilling this knowledge correctly. Towards the end of the novel, the only thing Victor cared about was getting revenge on his creation for killing his loved ones. Victor stated, “I was hurried away by fury; revenge alone endowed me with strength and composure; it molded my feeling… otherwise delirium or death would have been my portion.” The only thing keeping Victor from dying was getting revenge. It controlled him, and that’s what made him a monster.
Having Jekyll have blackness about his eyes, shows that there is an immense evil hidden within him. Other gothic horrors around that time period used appearances to portray evil within their characters. An example is Frankenstein’s monster from Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. Frankenstein’s monster is misshapen by virtue of being made from a collection of dead bodies. This
He was trying to forget his sins but the weight of them was unbearable, he was living an unhappy life. The book makes reference to his immoral acts but they are the ones that lead to unhappiness. What the author is doing is not idolize the life of sin but criticising it because the ending is tragic and it is not a life that a normal person would want. People tend to look for happiness and the book shows that a life of sin does not make an individual happy, it actually makes people feel regret and a weight on their conscience. The Picture of Dorian Gray is not an immoral book.
It appears Mary Shelley, through the suffering portrayed by Frankenstein’s Monster, is hinting that knowledge is not necessarily a good thing. In fact, she appears to be arguing that ignorance is bliss and that knowledge is the cause of greater suffering. In the case of Frankenstein’s Monster, the knowledge of language and history caused him to see past his blissful ignorance of his marginalized identity and caused him to realize the extent of his future suffering. Simply put, without the knowledge that he is doomed to be barred from society due to his monstrous look, he would not have felt such loneliness and disconnect from humanity. In his case, knowledge is the root cause of his
However, whereas these approaches seem rational and practical, they are not applicable to real-world decisions. In Antigone, Creon’s rigidity regarding his moral principles ultimately leads to a tragic ending; his obstinance in the face of a consequential decision leads to an overall negative result. Although Creon is cast as Antigone’s primary antagonist, his intentions throughout the play are noble; he simply wants to act in the benefit of his kingdom. However, as Creon views the final outcomes of his decisions, upon seeing his son’s dead body, he acknowledges that his “own blind heart has brought... [him]/From darkness to final darkness”, and he admits that he has “been rash and foolish” (Sophocles). Sophocles portrays this obstinance and rigidity as negative.
“What can we do to accept one another through our differences?” Being different from one another is a positive thing because it gives us something unique or special, unlike a world that is full of boredom. In the book “The Chrysalids,” by John Wyndham, people who are identified as abnormal or have deviations are symbolized by the image of the devil. Therefore, they are either killed or abandoned at birth because of their abnormality that people disapprove of. The intolerance that people show in the story and the actions David displays against it reveals the definition of being human. Intolerance should not be permitted.
Throughout history, there has been dark and disturbing humans acting upon others. While some might not have been as terrible as mass-murders or other disgusting humans that live amongst us, they still are influential to the progression of society. In this case, the character of Heathcliff was necessary to create in order to benefit social needs during the time Wuthering Heights was written. All who read this book are left with the desire to do whatever is possible so they will not become a Heathcliff, resulting in a shift in personality, for the better. Since the publication of Wuthering Heights, men have come to realize that Heathcliff’s lifestyle and personality should not be idolized.
In Erich Remarque’s tragic novel, All Quiet On The Western Front, he depicts the hardships war has on an individual, especially the younger generation. From these hardships, the audience understands why the individual is not able to find a way to reconnect with his past life. Paul’s war experience destroys his empathy, as well as his connection to others and the society that he once was a part of. The impact of the war stripped Paul of his humane connections between him and his society, and in the end a naive teen had to endure bloodshed. Paul and his comrades had no idea what the war would do to them and sadly learned that the war was more a misfortune than an honor.