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Monsters Chasing Monsters

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The change that Victor experiences throughout the novel Frankenstein is epitomized by his wife Elizabeth’s death. By this point in the novel Victor Frankenstein has lost every one of his family and friends that are close to him. After experiencing so much grief, loss, and guilt Victor begins to change. By only using the chapter which Elizabeths dies, it can be proved that the accumulation of other deaths and her death lead to the dehumanization of Frankensteins mental and physical states as well as his obsession with the monster. This dehumanization and change in Victor matters because it shows the growing connection between Victor and the monster he is chasing. The dehumanization that Victor experiences, is described in a specific way, using the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “ to deprive of human character or attributes.” (OED) In this essay dehumanized will be used not only with the OED definition, but also to show Victor’s attributes becoming not only less human but more and more like the monsters. The death of Elizabeth specifically exposes the full dehumanization of Frankenstein, seen though his mental state, physical appearance, and obsession with the monster, which leads to a greater similarities between Victor and the monster, this is ironic because Victor is hunting the very monster he is becoming.

After Elizabeth’s death in the novel Victor has had everyone he cares about taken from him by the monster, this leads him to a dehumanized mental state. Victor now believes he has been at fault for the deaths of his friends and family, simply because of his creation of the monster. After experiencing each death Victor becomes increasingly dehumanized, adding until the climax of Elizabeth's death. The dehumanization...

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...eth's death, there is proof of the dehumanization of Victors mind, physical appearance, and unnatural obsession with the monster, as well as combinations of these traits. However, the dehumanization of Victor is simply something that was proved to happen, the irony behind it matters more. The dehumanization of Victor is ironic because throughout the novel he has been focused on catching the monster that is hurting his friends and family. After experiencing so much loss Victor starts dehumanizing and becoming more and more like the monster he is chasing. This is obviously ironic. Overall by using only the chapter succeeding Elizabeth's death, the fact that Victor is dehumanizing though his mind, physical appearance, and obsession with the monster was proved. As well as the overarching irony of the fact that Victor is dehumanizing into the very monster he is chasing.
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