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The Theme Of Love And Life In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Karina Fajardo
English 101
November 7, 2017

Life is an amazing gift to have, breathing this air we breathe daily, filling our souls with joy, excitement, and love. The thought of love and life go together, but it may break you and turn you into a person you never thought you could be. We first learn to love ourselves then, we grow to love our family. But with life there comes death. And death takes a toll on simply anyone and everyone. In the book Frankenstein, Mary Shelley emphasizes on the topic of love. Love ties into multiple things. Such as pain, wanting more time with our loved ones, and by doing so Shelley’s life ties into the creations of Frankenstein. The scientist, Victor Frankenstein plays with the things we cannot change in
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Shelley’s emotions that were felt in her life are in her book, presenting herself as Victor and or as Frankenstein. Death, abandonment, and disaster are three words that sum up Shelley's life. Alone from birth, in the book Victor flees at first sight of his creature, and the first memories are painful. "I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept," he says (Shelley 92). Just like Shelley was alone, and abandoned from her family at her early age in life so was the monster, so helpless and feeling useless once being told those hurtful words. Another example of this is when the monster Frankenstein was brought into this world looking for love, but the first and only thing he received was rejection. Victor was scared of what he had created and ran away from his creature, leaving it alone and hurt. (Shelley, 57). Victor never saw the creature with emotions, or simply seeing him as humane. He saw the creature for what it was and not what it could be. The creature would have never been seen as a monster if Victor gave him the things he needs to feel humane. Love, appreciation, and the feeling of life. Indeed, the creature feels disgusted just by looking at himself. When he sees his reflection in a pool of water he is "filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification" (Shelly 102). Is this…show more content…
One of the brightest symbols of Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is the creature itself. This symbol represents the depth of the personal tragedy and the inability of human beings to take responsibility for their actions. The creator, Victor Frankenstein is not a monster but should be considered one in the first place. Victor’s ambitions and ego make him create a human form of life without even thinking about the consequences. The scientist was so caught up in his emotions he never thought of the one creature that would be filled with human emotions, life and resemble a heart that can be broken similar to ours. Victor was only thinking of his holes in his heart that he could replace. (Shelley 63). Frankenstein, the scientist was so easy to judge the creature from the outside yet never payed any attention to how the creature was reacting or feeling. “A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then” (Shelley Chapter

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