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Explore the Factors that Contribute to Victors Tragic Fate in Frankenstein and Explain the Success of the Novel in Becoming Part of Modern Mythology.

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Explore the Factors that Contribute to Victor's Tragic Fate in "Frankenstein" and Explain the Success of the Novel in Becoming Part of Modern Mythology In this essay, I will explore the different factors that contribute to Victor Frankenstein's tragic fate. Firstly, the main cause is that of his persistent search for knowledge. He was so addicted to his work that he had no time for anybody, not even his fianc�e, and totally excluded himself from the outside world. This later caught up with him in life. Also, the subtitle of the novel is "The Modern Prometheus." Prometheus was a mythological figure who was punished for stealing fire and giving it to the people for their benefit. This is similar to Victor, who self-destructs in his quest for knowledge. Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" during the nineteenth century, about the time before the gothic horror genre had really 'taken off'. "Frankenstein" is believed to be one of the first gothic horror novels ever written. ...read more.

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He lets work take over his life and shuts himself off from the outside world. As a result of this, he loses all sense of reality; "I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit." This suggests that he is totally cut off and that he has lost his sense of humanity. This leaves him with no knowledge of right or wrong, which is extremely dangerous considering the nature of his work: creating life. Another source of Victor's tragic fate is his ambition to create life. This turns him into a Promethean figure that oversteps his human boundaries. Victor is arrogant, egotistical and self-absorbed. He feels that he has been 'chosen' for the 'noble' task of creating life. He is a megalomaniac. He says, "I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret." This shows that he feels privileged and chosen for this task, this is what makes him arrogant, as if he is somehow special above others. ...read more.

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Instead of staying to determine why the experiment went wrong or to take care of the creature, he runs away from his responsibilities. Victor even says himself that he "Couldn't have persuaded myself to confide in him." It shows that he is trying to forget its existence and ignore it. Other humans also unsurprisingly reject the monster, as they are frightened of its grotesque appearance and gigantic structure. This is why the monster turns 'bad'. The monster later says to itself, "There was none among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me." This shows how he feels hatred for humans, because he is rejected by all mankind. In conclusion, the tragic fate of Victor Frankenstein is brought about by himself and his own personality. Mary Shelley is showing us that Victor is arrogant and selfish. This is a warning to act with care when advancing science as Victor shows us all that he lived his life carelessly, proud, egotistical and unwillingly. He was a man who had his enemies and deserved what he got. Joe Verdin 10 Graham Mrs McGain ...read more.

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