The romantic hero is obsessed with something, and usually this something is detrimental towards themselves and or their relationship with Christ. Victor is obsessed with two things: one, the creation of his monster and, two, finding his monster after his life is destroyed by it. Victor says that “so deeply was I engrossed in my occupation” that he “did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves” which had previously enamored him(Shelly 34). Victor was so obsessed with the creation of his monster that he did not even leave his “lair”. This obsession led to health problems, seclusion from the world and his family, and ultimately to the deaths of several people because of the monster he completed. Towards the end of the novel, we see a Victor consumed with finding and killing the beast. He swears “to purs...
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...arated by about three hundred years and different types of literature; however, Shelly and Marlowe use the qualities of a romantic hero to show that human nature is flawed and that man is prone to sin. They use the “qualities” of obsession, internal battles and differing moral codes to convey their message that “Bad company corrupts good character” so to speak, the “bad company” being humans and their sinful nature, and the “good company” being seemingly harmless qualities of a hero(1 Corinthians 15:33). Humankind should take their stories as an example and learn from it, by turning to God instead of those things.
Barker, Kenneth L., ed. Holy Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2010. Print.
Marlowe, Christopher. Dr. Faustus. New York: Dover, 1994. Print.
Shelley, Mary W. Frankenstein. New York, New York: Dover Publications, 1994. Print.
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