Victor Frankenstein Hero's Journey Analysis

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Death was nothing but a recurring theme for Victor Frankenstein until his own. However, it is not the death of him that tells his story, but rather the journey he takes in life. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor created a monster, who brought him pain and torment by taking the lives of his loved ones. These trials pushed Frankenstein to the edge of insanity, but in the long run he emerges successful after a long journey of hardships. Like many heroes, Frankenstein’s expedition follows a uniform sequence of events, known as Joseph Campbell 's hero’s journey, to prove his worthiness. In the book, Victor undergoes the many steps of a hero’s journey illustrating his undaunted attitude and ultimate success in life by passing many trials and tribulations. In the first stage of the hero’s journey, the departure, Victor has his call to action and crosses the threshold, setting the stage for his journey, and proving that he is determined to take the journey, and better himself. Singled out as special, Victor experienced the natural event of lightning and its destruction, and the man with him “entered on the explanation of a theory which he had formed on the subject of electricity and galvanism, which was at once new and astonishing to” Victor (Shelley 22). This stunning event sparked Frankenstein’s interest in the science of electricity. Interested and curious with the sheer power of the energy, Victor could not help but wonder the potential of this mighty element as early

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