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Essay about The Reasons for Victor Frankenstein's Emotional Turmoil

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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…show more content…

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, nor of heaven, could redeem my soul from woe”

The environment around him reflects Victor’s emotions, when he enters the mountains his mood lightens at the magnificence of the mountains and the knowledge that God could have only created these “-and I ceased to fear, or to bend before any being less then almighty than that which had

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Frankenstein Reflection Essay

Sabrina Maciariello

Ms. Ryan

English III HH

07 October 2014

Frankenstein Response Paper #1

While reading the beginning of Frankenstein, I was immensely surprised at how little I knew about the book prior to starting it. Although it is a very widely known piece of literature, I had quite a few misconceptions regarding both the plot and characters. In fact, I was under the impression that Frankenstein was the name of the monster when in reality it is the name of the creator. Therefore, when Victor Frankenstein was introduced, I was thoroughly surprised and confused. Another aspect of the plot that took me entirely by surprise was the nature and personality of the monster. Pop culture constantly seems to depict Frankenstein's monster as a murderous, cold-blooded, and unintelligent creature. However, the monster is initially feared by Frankenstein not because of its violent nature, but because of its unattractive appearance. When Frankenstein viewed his creation for the first time, "breathless horror and disgust filled [his] heart" (Shelley 61) and he often refers to it as a "demonical corpse." I feel an abundance of sympathy towards the monster because of how he is judged and feared solely because of his appearance. Additionally, I believe that, contrary to the depiction of pop culture, the monster of Frankenstein is an intelligent being that displays understanding and emotion. For instance, the morning after Frankenstein flees in attempt to hide from his creation, the monster greets him with "a grin [that] wrinkled his cheeks" (61). This indicates that the monster is capable of feeling warmer human emotion and simply desired to greet his creator with happiness and friendliness.

Upon reading Robert Walton's letters to his sister at the beginning of the novel, I couldn't help but relate Walton's personality and situation to that of the narrator of The Seafarer. Similarly to the Seafarer, Walton spends his first few letters lamenting about the inescapable loneliness of the man that travels on the ocean. "... [He] bitterly feel[s] the want of a friend. [He has] no one near [him]… possessed of a cultivated as well as of a capacious...

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