Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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How can such disparate characters, that are even resentful towards one another, be so consubstantial? Though Victor and the monster do not share the same physical or social traits, they have many of the same personality traits. Victor and the monster are analogous with their desire for knowledge, relationships with nature, and with desires for family. The author uses complex diction, symbolism, and syntax to emphasize these similarities. Throughout the plot, these similarities become more apparent and as this occurs their relationship worsens. Victor and the monster both crave knowledge. Walton recalls Victor stating, “You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.” (Letter 4) This is important because this desire to learn drives most of their actions and the decisions they make. We can see examples of this in the text for both Victor and the monster. For example, Victor read lots of literature on the natural sciences, and then went to a university to further his knowledge of the field. (pg. 45) As for the monster, we can see that he was driven to learn French so he would be able to communicate with others. The monster is also very well spoken; he says, “I was not even of the same nature as man. I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs.” (ch.13) The diction the author uses to portray the monster also contributes to his apparent intelligence. Throughout the novel, both characters become particularly knowledgeable about the world around them. Victor and the monster are also similar in their relationsh... ... middle of paper ... ...r began to alienate himself from his family, he became more similar to the monster. This is where both characters really began to resent one another. Since the monster killed people close to Victor and Victor refused to make the monster a wife, their relationship with one another deteriorated further. This is in spite of the fact that they could have a close companionship with one another. Their increased similarities led to further animosity towards one another. While Victor and the monster are divergent physically and socially, they have many identical characteristics. Even as they become increasingly similar, their relationship only exacerbates. They are similar in their desires for knowledge, relationships with nature, and with desires for family. These defining characteristics are what shape these characters, their actions, and ultimately the plot of the novel.
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