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Victor Frankenstein's emotional turmoil is clearly evident in chapters 9 and 10

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Victor Frankenstein's emotional turmoil is clearly evident in chapters 9 and 10. Explore the basis for this turmoil and Mary Shelley's portrayal of Victor's state of mind. In this Essay I shall explore the reasons for Victor Frankenstein's emotional turmoil in chapters 9 and 10 and look at how some events in Mary Shelley's life mirrors some events in the book. I will also look at a few of the themes running through Frankenstein. Such as religion, parenting, hate, revenge, guilt and compassion. At the time that Frankenstein was published most people still believed the genesis story of how humans were created and that we were made in the image of God, Frankenstein was highly controversial because someone was taking pieces of death and bringing it to life. Shelley was playing with the nature versus nurture theory when she showed her creature to be the victim, because the creature was not born naturally people would've believed that this made him evil by default. By showing the creature's point of view she shows how the world and the cruelty of mankind changes into what he is, not that he was born to evil. ...read more.


This is shown in chapter 10 when Victor is overshadowed by his thoughts and the mountains overshadowed him, he says, "They congregated round me...They all gathered round me and bade me peace." In chapters 9 and 10 Mary Shelley portrays Victor's mood as dark he feels guilt that he is alive and Justine has been held responsible for his crime and has been executed. Although he is still alive feels dead, like his creation "The blood flowed freely in my veins, but a weight of despair and remorse pressed on my heart..." Victor is saddened that his life as a scientist started with good intentions he was keen to help people but this ambition went astray. He recognises that his health is deteriorating and is not sleeping this is a reflection of the creation scene where he deprived himself of sleep and his health suffered, the scenes differ because then he was giving life in the first scene and now wants to take it away. Victor is in a deep depression, this is indicated when he says, "Thus not the tenderness of friendship, nor the beauty of earth, ...read more.


By playing God and creating life in the first place caused Victor Frankenstein's character to change, he ignored his fianc´┐Ż and was able to use human parts in a way, which most normal people couldn't bear to. Later the deaths of William and Justine, which were a direct result of Victor's actions, caused further guilt despair sorrow and self-loathing. He feels isolated, as he knows the whole tragedy is of his making. Mary Shelley never managed to fit into her natural place in society and she didn't succeed in being a famous radical like her parents were. Like the monster she had no feeling of belonging and her upbringing was sad due to her mothers' death as a result of Mary Shelley's birth, her father blamed her for this. She had an unhappy childhood under her stepmother and was not shown any kindness or love, just like the creature. Victor's failure to use his medical skills to help mankind is a reflection of Mary Shelley's unfulfilled ambition to become a mother at the time she wrote the book. ...read more.

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