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''mistakes in frankenstein''

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Introduction

'How and what causes characters to learn from their mistakes' In Frankenstein, listening is an important theme in the characters learning from their past mistakes. The novel is written in a narrative form, which allows the story to be relayed through other characters several times. The reader and Mrs. Saville are the first people who listen to Frankenstein's story through Walton's letters home. Walton listens to Frankenstein's story from Victor, and Frankenstein listens to the monster's story. Each person's story has a message or warning that they need to relay to the other and upon hearing their story they each learn of their past mistakes and how to correct them. Mary Shelly emphasizes the importance of listening through a series of key characters. Mrs. Saville and the rest of society read Walton's letters which tell Victor Frankenstein's story. This is the outermost layer of the narrative format of the novel. Mrs. Saville is Walton's sister; he begins writing her letters on his mission to the Artic to let her know that he is in good health. ...read more.

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Victor is worried that Walton will make the same mistakes he did so he decides to tell Walton his story. Kyle Litchmore Walton is eager to hear what happened with Victor's scientific experiment and listens to his story unprejudiced. By the end of the book, it is apparent that Victor's story has affected Walton, so much so that Walton decides to head back home to his family. The significance of Victor's story to Walton is that Victor's story gives Walton a personal account of the dangers that can surface when one becomes excessively consumed in their studies. Victor lost his little brother, his friendly maid, and his wife. He is totally alone and being chased by a monster that he created. Having heard all that Victor Frankenstein went through it is unlikely Walton would feel like continuing with his journey when he has just learned the value of family and friends. Victor Frankenstein was so caught up in his creation of life that he forgot to think of the possible consequences that come with his work. ...read more.

Conclusion

I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous'. Listening to others' stories gives people different perspectives and views of different situations. Society can read Victor's story and re-evaluate their lives and decisions. They can make sure that they don't make the same mistake he did. Walton is an example of a person who re-evaluated his life. He realized that he was falling right into the same trap that Frankenstein fell into. His quest for knowledge and science was taking precedence over his family and friends. Frankenstein even learned something from listening to the monster's story. He saw just how serious the consequences of his actions were. Maybe he even felt a tiny bit bad for the monster. The monster allowed Frankenstein to recognize his biggest mistake: creating life and not taking responsibility for his creation. It's unfortunate that Frankenstein didn't do anything to solve the problems he created for the monster. However, because of listening, everyone's story was heard and re-told. If the message is accurately portrayed, then others have the option to correct their own mistakes or change their own life paths, before it's too late. ...read more.

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