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Mary Shelleyss Frankenstein (1818) - The characteristics of Victor Frankenstein.

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Mary Shelleys's Frankenstein (1818) The characteristics of Victor Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein was a young man from Genev´┐Ż, Switzerland. When of age, he travelled to Ingolstadt in Germany, where he studied natural science at the local college. This is where and when he finds great interest in chemistry and the human body, and he suddenly finds himself wanting to penetrate the secrets of nature. He plays with the idea of infusing life into inanimate matter after his mother's death, and this is where it all begins. This young man is of high self-esteem and has confidence in his own abilities, which we can tell by the fact, that he even considers toying with life and death. He is so obsessed with his idea, his dream, that everything else means very little to him, and he deprives himself from rest and health for a period of two years, in which he forms a man out of bones and parts of dead bodies. Though he finds some of this against his human nature, his desire to play God takes the upperhand. He indulges himself completely in his work and by this you can tell, that he is a very passionate person. He selects the being's features as beautiful, because in his mind, life is a beautiful thing, and he does not see the full picture and the horrific truth, because he is too wrapped up in his own dreams. ...read more.

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The main characteristic of Frankenstein's creation, is the longing for acceptance and company, this we can tell by his approces to first his creator and later to other people, and the facts that he has feelings and intelligence. He wants nothing more than to live a normal life, and he curses his creator for making it impossible for him to do that. In the beginning he is not evil, he does not want to kill, but the actions of the humans around him, make him the monster that Frankenstein thought him to be. He feels that humans are the most decietful of species, because they build up your hopes, and tear them back down again. His hunger for revenge is born from the constant defeat he experiences from day to day and especially from the one person who is supposed to love him, his creator, who also denies him a mate. He carries a lot of frustration, that he needs to direct somewhere, and the choice falls upon Frankenstein, the first to ever betray him. Despite all of this, Frankenstein's monster never gives really gives up his hope to find a place to belong. This comes to show in the way that he treats the girl he meets in the woods, Frankenstein's son, and in the very end of the story, when Frankenstein himself dies. The monster begs for forgiveness and swears to kill himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

This was a time, where young scientist felt, that the world was at their feet and that they had endless possibilities, and experiments to try and revive dead bodies did indeed take place when Mary grew up, and has most likely inspired her to write the story. This was also a time, were people were both facinated and scared by the new science of electricity, and Mary chose to include both this science and the science of chemistry, which was of high interest to the generel public and to herself, in her book. Mary Shelley wrote her novel not long after the gothic novels heyday in the 1790's, and there was definitely a market for these kind of stories. It is hard to make a final conclusion of this book. There are so many topics and themes, questions and feelings to discuss, that it would take forever to get through them all, which makes this book more than just a horror story meant to frighten you. This is a novel of great seriousness, and you instantly get caught in the whirlwind of emotions, that Frankenstein and his creation both have. Mary Shelley tries in her book, to dissect the human nature, while telling a captivating tale of two mens' journey through life, and the terrible things humans can do to one another. Rikke Juelsgaard Petersen Til d. 25, september '07 Engelsk aflevering EG, 2e 1 ...read more.

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