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Frankenstein Final Project

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Halie F

on 19 December 2012

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Transcript of Frankenstein Final Project

Essential Quesion: how has guilt changed the characters over time throughout the novel? Victor
The Creature
Robert Walton The Creature THE END GUILT By: Halie Frogget Victor Frankenstein Analysis Throughout the novel, after creating his creature, an invisible force of gulit starts gathering inside Victor, and slowing starts destroying him on the inside. As more incidents happen throughout by the creature, Victor feels responsibility for the creatures actions. Guilt was the tragic flaw that led to Victors downfall. More towards the beginning of the novel, the creature feels more guilt having caused so much misery for man, after the scene with the cottagers, the creature's gulit for the pain caused to man, turns into vengence and rage. Guilt, after that became a regular emotion the creature felt, but did not reflect upon it, but instead made it so Victor felt even more guilty by his actions. "Could I behold this and live? Alas! Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated. For a moment only did I lose recollection; I fell senselss on the ground." (Shelly 173) " Cursed, cursed Creator! Why did I live? Why in that instant , did I not extinguish the spark of existance which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge." (Shelly 116) As Robert Walton hears Victors story, Robert Walton feels Victors Guilt, and as Victor brings his story to a close, Robert feels as though he must finish Victors work if he were to parish and die. When Victor shares his guilt story, it changes Robert's perspective on situtions, like his own adventure about seeking truth about the great white north, as he learns from Victors mistake about finding how to bring the dead to life. Frankenstein is a novel filled with the theme and trait of Guilt. Throughout the novel, Guilt affects all the characters in more ways than one. The three characters affected most by and contain the most guilt are Victor, the creature and Robert Walton. As the plot of the story goes on, Guilt transforms and changes the characters of the novel inside and out. Guilt is a powerful theme and trait presented throughout the book, it is one of the many lessons in the book about how Guilt can build up inside someone and change who they are, and may eventually lead to being a tragic flaw in the downfall of someone. Robert Walton "Hear him not; call on the names of William, Justine, Clerval, Elizabeth, my father, and of the wretched Victor, and thrust your sword into his heart. I will hover nearand direct the steel aright." (Shelly 186)
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