Theme Of Power In Victor Frankenstein

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Power is Mother, Mother is Power Power is defined as a person’s ability to alter another human being’s life, as seen in different narratives throughout literature; whether it be something as large as the giving and taking life, or as small as placing an idea in someone’s head, and furthermore, taking responsibility for those actions. However, the common theme is that the most powerful people in the world are those who give life, and do what they can to ensure their offspring stay healthy, happy, and alive. People who make a long-lasting impact on other’s lives. In Mary Shelley’s story Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein only goes on his crazy, rampant, rampage against death because something snaps in his own head when his mother dies. Victor…show more content…
How a person takes care of that creation is what really matters. Victor does indeed create life, but what he does afterwards is implorable; “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep” (Shelley 36). The moment he is finished with the creation process, and looks at what he has made, he is horrified, and instead of facing his consequences head on, he is assured when the monster just sort of disappears. This is not motherly, nor fatherly or parent-ly. This shows his lack of power over the creature, and his own guilt for creating a…show more content…
The Duke thought he had a lot of different gifts to give to his Duchess, “[s]omehow - I know not how - as if she ranked / My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name / With anybody’s gift” (Browning ll 32-34). The gift he thought was most important was the fact that his family name goes back forever, he has such a prestigious hereditary background. By all means, yes, this would make him powerful. However. Browning starts making it a little obvious that his duchess was not all his, “[s]ir, ‘twas all one! My favour at her breast, / The dropping of daylight in the West, / The bough of cherries some officious fool / Broke into the orchard for her” (ll 25-29). At least, according to the Duke, the Duchess is not staying faithful. This could be due to many different kind of reasons, like maybe the Duke is not fertile as the title of the poem suggests that there have been more than one duchess he has had this issue with. As well as the fact that the Duke seems to be very familiar with Fra Pandolf - his painter. If the Duke constantly is having these problems in his relationships, he is more than likely the
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