Victor's Encounters Of The Monster At Mont-Blanc

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In "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, she illustrates the significance of Victor's encounter of the Monster at Mont-Blanc through diction and imagery; Victor's journey to Mont-Blanc becomes a casement of the Monster's and Victor's mental and behavioral pattern towards each other. Mary Shelley utilizes the motifs such as fire, ice, water, doppelgangers, and biblical allusions to Satan and the creation of Adam to present the finite limits of Victor to God. Victor Frankenstein’s journey in Mont-Blanc functions in the novel as an illuminating episode, whose diction alludes to the sceneries of heaven and earth; in one instance at the beginning of this event, Victor utilizes oxymoronic language to describe his surroundings, through which presents …show more content…

may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed," depicts himself at a higher position above others since only God and kinds may be bestowed. Victor's lust for power alludes him as an ironic God figure, as he seeks out to meet the Monster--his neglected creation; he goes to the extent of contemplating his relationship with the monster before having the chance of meeting him with such thoughts as "Alas! why does man boast of sensibilities superior to those apparent in the brute; it only renders them more necessary beings," who Victor, despite his symbiotic relationship with the Monster, renders as inferior to him. Victor, whose thoughts are clouded by his inflated perception of himself, felt that his surroundings "all gathered round me and bade me be at peace," imitating the image of a creator or God-figure to nature despite his inability to appreciate his own creation. Victor, in relation to the immutable laws of nature, contrasts as "nought may endure but mutability," as the absolute power of God is disparate from Victor's creation--the Monster is changing out of his control. Victor's attempt to "play god" by fabricating the creature in his laboratory, implies that he is flawed by excessive hubris such as lack of self-awareness; another prominent example occurs when the creature gives power to Victor by groveling to him as "Yet it is in your power to recompense me, and deliver them from an evil which it only remains for you to make so great, that not only you and your family, but thousands of others, shall be swallowed up in the whirlwinds of its rage." thus plays into Victor's ironic god figure dynamic. The diction stated from the Monster alludes to the Lord's Prayer, "deliver us from evil," infers that the Monster is vulnerable and needs Victor's protection from the temptation of evil. God

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