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Victor Frankenstein's Influential Relationships

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Laura D'Aquila

on 17 November 2013

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Transcript of Victor Frankenstein's Influential Relationships

Alphonse & Caroline Frankenstein
"No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself. My Parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence. [..] When I mingled with other families I distinctly discerned how peculiarly fortunate my lot was.." (Shelley, 19).
Henry Clerval
"My dearest Frankenstein, [..] are you always unhappy? My dear friend, what has happened?"

"Dearest Clerval, how kind and very good you are to me. [..] How shall I ever repay you?"

""You will repay me entirely, if you do not discompose yourself, but get well as fast as you can.." (39).
M. Waldman
Victor's friend and mentor, M. Waldman is the greatest influence for Victor to start his creation.

"Such were the professor's words-rather let me say such the words of the fate, enounced to destroy me. [..] I felt as if my soul were grappling with a palpable enemy" (27).

Although the other people in Victor's life influenced the making of the creature, it is in this scene where the combination of his relationships, his madness, and the influence of M. Waldman's support and the lecture which causes Victor to make this creature and caused the demise of his life.
Victor Frankenstein's Influential Relationships
"The saintly soul of Elizabeth shown like a shrine-a dedicated lamp in our peaceful home. [..] I might have become sullen in my study, rough through the ardor of my nature, but that she was there to subdue me to semblance of her own gentleness" (19).
Victor knew how fortunate he was to have a family who was not concerned with rules and trivial things, but more concerned about creating memories and having love in the home. He was more grateful for his family when he realized that not everyone had what he had.
Although we realize Victor had a fortunate childhood, he felt as if his father betrayed him. His father tells him to stop reading the specific authors, however Victor's father does come to see him and take care of him when he is sick in Scotland.
The very thought of Elizabeth brought Victor back to reality even when doing his work. Both he and his family put Elizabeth on a pedestal.

The character of Elizabeth allows us to see a different side of Victor. Even when he becomes obsessed in his work, hearing from Elizabeth keeps him from possibly becoming more obsessed than he was. Even though Elizabeth is not a main character, she plays an important part in stepping in after the death of Victor's mother to be both a love interest and a mother figure.
It is clear throughout the novel that Clerval and Frankenstein have a strong bond that they only share with each other. Their friendship goes beyond just being there for each other.

Clerval and Frankenstein are very opposite from eachother as Frankenstein is into philosophy and chemistry while Clerval is interested in books and songs.

Clerval is one of the only people who keep Victor from becoming one of his creations. While Victor serves as the id, Henry serves as the ego, only trying to seek ways that will benefit Victor rather than hurt him. Shelley included Clerval in the novel to show that Henry is pretty much a perfect person and the juxtaposition of him being Victor's best friend brings out how opposite they are, and how Victor is focused on his own needs.

The Creature
In this quote, the creature explains to Walton that after Victor married Elizabeth, he felt betrayed because Victor was able to find happiness with a woman, which was all the creature wanted. The creature felt that if he should be miserable, then Victor should be as well.
At first, the creature is a reflection of Victor. However, when he is forced to be in society, the creature learns that he is not the most powerful being and his feelings can be hurt. As terrible as the creature is to Victor, the creature realizes that Victor is very much concentrated on his own good rather than others. The creature is independent and seeks to solve different mysteries.

"I pitied Frankenstein; my pity amounted to horrow. I abhorred myself. But when I discovered that he, the author at once of my existence and of its unspeakable torments, dared to hope for happiness; that while he accumulated wretchedness and despair upton me, he sought his own enjoyment in feelings and passions from the indulgence of which I was for ever barred.." (164).
Victor created the creature in hopes that he would be recognized for his creation. After the creature left because he felt unwanted by Victor, he is determined to get revenge on Victor. The creature influences Victor because he shifts his life from focusing on his studies and turning it into a chase. The creature kills his loved ones to prove to Victor that he put this on himself. If he did not create the creature, all of his loved ones would still be alive. The creature shows that all actions must have consequences.
Mothers, Monsters and Machines
non-menstrual syndrome
victor is "the machine" and the creature is "the monster"
they both seek revenge on each other
the motherly influence on the creature because the creature must seek permission for a female
destructive but reasons with himself about why he does the terrible things he does.
"Paracelsus, the master theoreticial of alchemy, is certain that a man should and could be born outside a woman's body" (Braidotti, 71)."
Each character changes the course of Victor's life throughout the novel. They all have an impact on the eventual demise of Victor.
Works Cited
Braidotti, Rosi. "Mothers, Monsters
and Machines."
Nomadic Subjects
(1994): 60-76. Print.
Shelley, Mary.
. New York: Dover Thrift
Editions, 1994. Print.
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