Essay Similarities Between Victor And Frankenstein

Shelley offers snapshots of the characters’ similarities to draw attention to the idea that the Monster is Frankenstein 's second self. The Creature is at first a kind, gentle being who was curious about life and its wonders. But this world did not welcome him and he found that his only source of power was when he inflicted pain on others. Without his plots of revenge, he had nothing. He had no one in which to confide, nor to relate to, so destruction was his only outlet for emotion. Similarly, Frankenstein began a peaceful life in the countryside of Switzerland and grew up with a fascination of alchemy. But an underlying sorrow caused by the death of his mother inclined Frankenstein to distance himself from his family more than he’d ever done…show more content…
Victor’s childhood is similar to the upbringing of the creature; the Monster doesn’t receive enough nurturing attention from Victor and becomes a barbarous and brutal creature, out of control just as Victor had been while he created the creature. Although the two part immediately, and live separate lives, they think of one another constantly. In addition to the similarities between the two characters’ lives, their emotions mirror one another 's as well. Both the creature and Frankenstein long for sympathy as they continuously reiterate that no one understands them. The Monster tells Frankenstein about his experiences, “I am an unfortunate and deserted creature, I look around and have no relation or friend upon earth… I am full of fears, for if I fail there, I am an outcast in the world forever (Shelley 95). The creature’s sense of being an outcast is profound. This feeling of not being understood is also found in Shelley’s rendering of Frankenstein’s character. As Frankenstein picks up dead body parts from the graveyard he remarks, “Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave or tortured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay? (Shelley 33). His obsessive desire to bring this creature to life forces him into his secret toil, as does the monster’s desire to…show more content…
From the onset of the powerful storm that gives life to dead human flesh, and through the end of Elizabeth’s life, Shelley portrays nature as a powerful force in the novel. Shelley uses hints of Wordsworth’s ballad to express the power nature possesses to comfort Victor and the Monster. Furthermore, Shelley uses Frankenstein and the Monster’s relationships with nature to spotlight similarities in the two characters - she evokes Wordsworth’s description of nature in dreams to show her characters’ peace in natural isolation. Wordsworth describes the soothing capacity of the natural world, “In one of those sweet dreams I slept, Kind nature’s gentlest boon!”(line 17). Wordsworth here suggests that nature’s features are so great in size and possessing of a secret, strange strength and that they require solitude for perception. So alone must one be and available for receiving nature, one might need to tap into the isolation of sleep. “Nature 's gentlest boon” gives both of the characters solace, putting emphasis on its power to help them find serenity, as depicted in Shelley’s work. Victor uses nature to escape reality and finds that the clout of nature helps him transcend all his sufferings and consternation. “The sight of the awful and majestic in nature had indeed

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