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Victor Frankenstein’s Obsession in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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The most prevalent theme in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is that of obsession. Throughout the novel there are constant reminders of the struggles that Victor Frankenstein and his monster have endured. Many of their problems are brought upon by themselves by an obsessive drive for knowledge, secrecy, fear, and ultimately revenge.
From the onset of Victor’s youth, his earliest memories are those of “Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to me, are among the earliest sensations I can remember” (ch. 4) This is the first example of obsession that we see in the novel. This drive to learn the ‘hidden’ laws of nature is the original driving force that sets the plot in motion. Without this, Victor would have never embarked on his unholy quest to overcome mortality, thus leading to his creation of his monster.
“Dr. Victor Frankenstein feels uncontrollably compelled to create animation in the lifeless body” (Storment) this obsession with the creation of life alienated him from his loved ones. His impending m...

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...ssion with the power to create life where none had been before” (Moring)

Shelley leaves us pondering the question, when does obsession cross the line into insanity?

Works Cited

Moring, Patrick. Who is the Monster? California State University, Northridge. n.d.Web. 31 Oct. 2014.

Storment, Suzanna. Frankenstein Commentary. Washington State University. n.d. Web.
31 Oct. 2014.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Page By Page Books. Read
Classic Books Online, Free. n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2014.

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